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Brain Scans of Pain Raise Questions for the Law

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Science  09 Jan 2009:
Vol. 323, Issue 5911, pp. 195
DOI: 10.1126/science.323.5911.195

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Neuroimaging is knocking on the courthouse door. But although certain brain regions consistently rev up when people experience pain, neuroscientists have yet to demonstrate that the converse is true: that any particular pattern of brain activity necessarily indicates the presence of pain.