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Michael Freeman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199599844

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599844.001.0001

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The Right to Silence Protects Mental Control *

The Right to Silence Protects Mental Control *

(p.335) 17 The Right to Silence Protects Mental Control*
Law and Neuroscience

Dov Fox

Oxford University Press

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

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