The Teenage Brain of the Boston Bomber

Research Network Members Laurence Steinberg and Owen Jones were quoted in a recent article about the potential use of neuroscientific evidence in the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial.

To read the piece, visit:  https://www.themarshallproject.org/2015/01/08/the-teenage-brain-of-the-boston-bomber

Posted by grovese on January 14, 2015 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News, Neuroscience, Popular Press


Neurolaw News

The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience distributes an e-newsletter, Neurolaw News, which highlights important items of interest for the neurolaw community.  These include notifications of new publications, news of upcoming neurolaw conferences, and the like.  To avoid inbox clutter, distributions occur approximately once every 2 months.

To subscribe to the newsletter, please visit:  http://www.lawneuro.org/listserv.php

For the latest edition of Neurolaw News, please visit:  http://www.lawneuro.org/listserv.php#archives

Posted by grovese on December 29, 2014 in Around the Web, Calls for Papers, Conferences and Events, Criminal Law, Education, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News, Popular Press, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers


Forbes Highlights Work of the Research Network

Forbes recently ran a piece titled “Will Brain Scanning Help Me Beat A Speeding Ticket?” which highlights the work and mission of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience.

To read the entire article, visit: http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertszczerba/2014/12/02/will-brain-scanning-help-me-beat-a-speeding-ticket/

Posted by grovese on December 10, 2014 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News, Popular Press


Can Brain Science Be Dangerous?

The New York Times published an opinion piece by Anna North titled, “Can Brain Science Be Dangerous?”  The piece offers an interesting perspective and can be accessed here:  http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/op-talk/2014/11/24/can-brain-science-be-dangerous/?ref=opinion&_r=0&referrer=

Posted by grovese on December 1, 2014 in Around the Web, Neurolaw in the News


Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Winners

Congratulations to Stephen J. Morse and Laurence Steinberg, recent winners of the Elizabeth
Hurlock Beckman Award
.  Morse and Steinberg are both members of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, and this award is given to current or former academic faculty members who have inspired their former students  to “create an organization which has demonstrably conferred a benefit on the community at large.”

Posted by grovese on November 4, 2014 in Around the Web, Education


CLBB launches new program website in Juvenile Justice

The Center for Law, Brain & Behavior has launched a new Juvenile Justice website.

“A wider and better-translated neuroscientific understanding of the adolescent brain could transform the juvenile justice system. Visit the Juvenile Justice & the Adolescent Brain program page to explore the issue, access resources, and learn about CLBB’s contributions to this issue.”

To further explore this area, CLBB has convened a juvenile justice working group, which
will host a public symposium on Thursday, March 12, 2015.

Posted by grovese on October 15, 2014 in Adolescents, Neurolaw


Let science decide the voting age

New Scientist recently ran an op-ed authored by Research Network Member Larry Steinberg titled, “Let science decide the voting age.”  The piece addresses the teen vote in the Scotland independence referendum and research on the adolescent brain that “can help us decide whether 16-year-olds should have the vote.”

To read the entire piece, visit:  http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22429900.200-let-science-decide-the-voting-age.html?full=true#.VDxC2KMo6mQ

Posted by grovese on October 13, 2014 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Neurolaw


Op-Eds from Judge Morris Hoffman

Research Network Member Morris Hoffman, who is a state trial judge in Denver and author of The Punisher’s Brain: The Evolution of Judge and Jury, has recently published two opinion pieces.

The LA Times ran “Why the rule of law requires the bite of punishment,” accessible here:  http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-hoffman-sentencing-deterrence-20141002-story.html

And USA Today ran “Emptying prisons is no panacea,” accessible here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/09/30/emptying-prisons-rehabilitation-deterring-punishment-column/16508959/

Posted by grovese on October 9, 2014 in Around the Web, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News, Popular Press


Neurolaw News

The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience distributes an e-newsletter, Neurolaw News, which highlights important items of interest for the neurolaw community.  These include notifications of new publications, news of upcoming neurolaw conferences, and the like.  To avoid inbox clutter, distributions occur approximately once every 2 months.

To subscribe to the newsletter, please visit:  http://www.lawneuro.org/listserv.php

For the latest edition of Neurolaw News, please visit:  http://www.lawneuro.org/listserv.php#archives

Posted by grovese on October 1, 2014 in Around the Web, Books, Calls for Papers, Conferences and Events, Education, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News, Popular Press, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers


The Case for Delayed Adulthood

Dr. Laurence Steinberg, Distinguished University Professor and the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University and member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, published his latest New York Times op-ed titled “The Case for Delayed Adulthood.”  The piece argues that “[p]rolonged adolescence, in the right circumstances, is actually a good thing, for it fosters novelty-seeking and the acquisition of new skills.”

To read the full piece, visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/21/opinion/sunday/the-case-for-delayed-adulthood.html?_r=0

Posted by grovese on September 23, 2014 in Adolescents


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.