The Right to Silence Protects Mental Control<sup>*</sup>

Dov Fox

in Law and Neuroscience

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599844
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725227 | DOI:

Series: Current Legal Issues

The Right to Silence Protects Mental Control*

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This chapter examines the idea that individuals have a right of control, vis-à-vis the state, over the use of their thoughts. Advances in cognitive science and forensic neurotechnology could make it possible for government actors to acquire reliable information from a suspect's brain without requiring the suspect's participation. Such interrogation techniques would elude traditional right-to-silence concerns about physical or psychological harm. It analyzes Fifth Amendment jurisprudence to argue that the right to silence protects a right of mental control.

Keywords: right of control; neuroscience; interrogation; Fifth Amendment jurisprudence

Chapter.  18400 words. 

Subjects: Medical and Healthcare Law

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