Science
9:39 am
Mon September 9, 2013

"Deciding Punishment" on "Brains on Trial with Alan Alda, Pt. 2" airs Wednesday at 9 pm

Jimmy Moran is found guilty of badly injuring a woman during a robbery. In the sentencing phase of the trial, Judge Rakoff hears arguments from the court-appointed psychiatrist, the attorneys, the victim’s husband and Jimmy himself. Meanwhile, Alan Alda discovers how neuroscience is already influencing the sentencing of defendants — especially young defendants — by revealing how the immature teenage brain is vulnerable to foolish and impulsive acts. Before Judge Rakoff pronounces Jimmy’s sentence, Alda meets a judge who has volunteered to have his own brain probed as he makes sentencing decisions.

"Deciding Punishment" on "Brains on Trial with Alan Alda, Pr. 2"  airs on Wednesday, September 18th on channels 3 and 3-1 at 9:00 p.m.

Alan helps a young participant in Dr. Bea Luna's lab. Luna's research shows how adolescents cannot perform certain attention tasks that come easily to both adults and children.