Law and Neuroscience Fellowship

Stanford Law School invites applications for the 2015-2016 Fellowship in the Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society (SPINS), part of the Center for Law and the Biosciences.  This fellowship is intended for people who want an academic or policy career working on ethical, legal, and social issues arising from advances in neuroscience.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit:  https://stanfordcareers.stanford.edu/job-search?jobId=66427

Posted by grovese on April 20, 2015 in Around the Web, Education


Network Member Stephen J. Morse on Insanity Defense and ALS

Research Network Member Stephen J. Morse was recently quoted in a news piece titled, “Insanity defense expert skeptical of ALS ties to Steele’s insanity plea.”  Morse commented on a Wisconsin murder case in which it is expected that the defendant’s diagnosis with ALS will be used by his attorney as foundation for the insanity defense.

To read the article, visit: http://www.channel3000.com/news/Insanity-defense-expert-skeptical-of-ALS-ties-to-Steele-s-insanity-plea/32350172

Posted by grovese on April 15, 2015 in Around the Web, Criminal Law, Moral and Legal Responsibility


Congratulations to Network Members Richeson, Yaffe

The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience is excited to share that Network Members Jennifer Richeson and Gideon Yaffe have each been appointed as 2015 Guggenheim Fellows.

“In its ninety-first competition for the United States and Canada, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded 173 Fellowships (including two joint Fellowships) to a diverse group of 175 scholars, artists, and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of over 3,100 applicants.”

To read more about this news, visit:  http://www.gf.org/fellows/current/

Posted by grovese on April 13, 2015 in Around the Web, Popular Press


“Low Family Income Affects Brain Development of Children”

“In the largest study of its kind to date, the researchers looked at 1,099 typically developing individuals between the ages of 3 and 20 years. Associations between socio-economic factors (including parent education and family income) and measurements of surface area of the brain were drawn from demographic and developmental history questionnaires, as well as high-resolution brain MRIs.”

To read more, visit: http://copleysystems.com/low-family-income-affects-brain-development-of-children/

Posted by grovese on April 9, 2015 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers


Op-Ed Pieces from Research Network Members

Recently, two Members of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience published op-ed pieces touching on topics at the intersection of the Network’s research.

Hon. Morris Hoffman’s piece in Reuters titled “Punishment’s purpose: How humans became hardwired for justice” can be accessed here:  http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/03/20/punishments-purpose-how-humans-became-hardwired-for-justice/

Dr. Laurence Steinberg’s piece in The Boston Globe titled “Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, adolescent or adult?” can be accessed here:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2015/03/30/dzhokhar-tsarnaev-adolescent-adult/vGvlllXjAgjxa6seMYsaMJ/story.html

Posted by grovese on April 6, 2015 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News


President’s Bioethics Commission Cites Multiple Works of the Research Network

President Obama charged his Bioethics Commission in 2013 with considering the potential implications of neuroscience for (among several other things) the criminal justice system.  Last week, the Bioethics Commission answered that call with a 150-page report (here), Chapter 4 of which addresses “Neuroscience and the Legal System.”  The Bioethics Commission cited sixteen works of the Research Network and its Members (www.lawneuro.org) – including a consensus statement of policy recommendations (here).

Posted by grovese on March 30, 2015 in Around the Web, Calls for Papers, Conferences and Events, Neurolaw, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers


How teenage brains are different

The Economist recently published a piece on “How teenage brains are different” which addresses the question of culpability in the on-going Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial.  To access the article, visit:  http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2015/03/economist-explains-15?fsrc=scn/fb/wl/ee/howteenagebrainsaredifferent

Posted by grovese on March 19, 2015 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neurolaw


Red States, Blue States, and Brain States

Francis X. Shen & Dena M. Gromet, Red States, Blue States, and Brain States: Issue
Framing, Partisanship, and the Future of Neurolaw in the United States
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658 The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 86 (2015).

This recent publication is a deliverable from the Law and Neuroscience Project (2007-2011), the precursor project to the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience.  The article itself can be accessed at: http://ann.sagepub.com/content/658/1/86

Additionally, a related Washington Post blog entry can be accessed here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2015/02/25/neuroscience-is-coming-to-the-law-can-we-keep-politics-out-of-it/

As well as a general press release here:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/02/150224143114.htm

Posted by grovese on March 4, 2015 in Around the Web, Criminal Law, Education, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers


The Coalition for Public Safety: Nation’s Largest Coalition Aimed at Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform

The Coalition for Public Safety has recently issued a press release announcing the formation of a “new coalition of the nation’s most prominent conservative and progressive organizations…to pursue an aggressive criminal justice reform effort.”

The Coalition is being funded by a variety of supporters including Laura and John Arnold, Koch Industries, Inc., the Ford Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

To read the entire press release, visit: http://2s7urjgj9be4a0k0x1ye6t6i.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/CPS-Launch-Release.pdf

To learn more about the Coalition for Public Safety, visit: http://www.coalitionforpublicsafety.org/

Posted by grovese on February 23, 2015 in Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neuroethics


MacArthur Foundation to Invest $75 Million to Reduce U.S. Jail Population

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has recently announced that it will invest $75 million over five years in an attempt to reduce the number of people in the country’s jails.

MacArthur’s president Julia Stasch stated: “Jails too often serve as warehouses for those too poor to post bail, nonviolent offenders, or people with mental illness.”

To read more about this announcement, visit: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/11/us-usa-jail-charity-idUSKBN0LF0NS20150211

Posted by grovese on February 11, 2015 in Around the Web, Criminal Law, Mental Illness


Welcome to the Law and Neuroscience Blog

Welcome to the The Law and Neuroscience Blog--which we have created to provide an on-line forum where the members of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience can share their ideas and interact with not only other researchers but also with the interested public more generally. One of the main goals of the blog is to provide a resource with information about cutting edge research at the cross-roads of neuroscience, law, and philosophy.