Anyone who thinks that neuroscience is a subject only for researchers is wrong. Judges and lawyers can also benefit from this area of medicine, which studies the structure of the brain, its functioning and its influences on human behavior.
Understanding how a man’s brain evolves and how it reacts to the outside world is a way to create and improve laws and penalties, especially with respect to criminal majority. In many cases, vito brain discoveries and advances in neuroscience may explain atrocious crimes committed by children and adolescents.
To this day, experts say that the prefrontal cortex, the brain region associated with decision making and impulse control, is the last part of the brain to mature, and that only ends at age 20. However, in the UK the criminal majority is 10 years, while in Brazil, 18 years.
The level of knowledge of lawyers and judges related to neuroscience will allow different approaches in each case. But it is not only in this respect that neuroscience can bring benefits to the exercise of the profession.
The SUPERA course of cerebral gymnastics, which works with a methodology linked to neuroscience, develops important cognitive skills for law students and lawyers, such as memorization, focus, reasoning and dynamism.
The first school of the branch in Latin America, SUPERA has agreements with units of OAB (Brazilian Bar Association), among them Juiz de Fora (MG), Rio de Janeiro, Londrina (PR), Jaguariúna (SP) and Lauro of Freitas (BA).
The alliance with the Juiz de Fora unit, for example, brings benefits not only to lawyers, but also to trainees and employees, with discounts on SUPERA courses.
Brain fitness has been gaining ground among professionals. Interest and concern grow in caring for mental health, having an active brain and quality of life. The SUPERA didactic material includes the abacus, an ancient calculus instrument that develops logical reasoning and concentration. In addition, the school works in board games and dynamics that involve tactical and strategic vision, self-confidence and socialization.