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MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience

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The Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, addresses a focused set of closely-related problems at the intersection of neuroscience and criminal justice:  1) investigating law-relevant mental states of, and decision-making processes in, defendants, witnesses, jurors, and judges; 2) investigating in adolescents the relationship between brain development and cognitive capacities; and  3) assessing how best to draw inferences about individuals from group-based neuroscientific data. 

Interested in learning more about neurolaw but not sure how to approach such a complex topic? Look no further than Law and Neuroscience: What, Why and Where to Begin.  In addition to providing a wealth of resources and information, this brief but important tool offers basic answers to common questions about neurolaw, such as: What new developments have emerged in the past decades that we should be aware of? What are neurolaw’s potential legal applications and limitations? What are the neuroscientific technologies, and how do they work? And, why should I care about this new field and how could it impact me? You can view and download Law and Neuroscience: What, Why and Where to Begin directly here.