‘Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation’

Torture doesn’t work because the information secured is deeply unreliable for reasons rooted deep in the functioning of our brains, according to a leading Irish neuroscientist who presents a compelling evidence-based case against torture in a new book published by Harvard University Press this month.There is no scientific basis for the claim that torture works to extract reliable information from detainees, according to Shane O’Mara, Professor of Experimental Brain Research and Director of the Trinity Institute of Neuroscience in his new book, Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation.  Drawing on neuroscience and cognitive, social and clinical psychology, as well as examining the use of torture in Northern Ireland, Iraq, Cambodia, Algeria and by the CIA, the book is a detailed account of the human brain under…


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