Friday, 20 September 2019 11:58

Prosecutors Attend Decision-Making Workshop

Sept. 20, 2019 – Some 40 assistant district attorneys attended a workshop Thursday on how neuroscience research can help attorneys make accurate and fair assessments in handling criminal cases, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
The workshop at the University Of Memphis Cecil H. Humphreys School Of Law featured Kimberly Papillon, an attorney and a nationally recognized expert on medical, legal and judicial decision-making.
She has given more than 300 lectures worldwide on the implications of neuroscience, psychology and implicit association.
Papillon says neuroscience and the study of implicit bias allows people to look into the brain and understand why they treat one another with care or cruelty, show empathy or apathy, and legislate to help or hurt.
“If we can understand how our brains work, we may become aware of and begin to unlearn implicit biases,” she says. “We finally may be able to figure out how to conquer these biases and work together toward a fair and just society.”
The workshop was sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association.