Will brain disorder defense in teacher sex assault case work? Legal experts weigh in

MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience Member Richard Bonnie and Education & Outreach Director Francis Shen were both quoted in a recent news article titled “Will brain disorder defense in teacher sex assault case work? Legal experts weigh in.”

To read the full article, visit: http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2015/07/5_legal_issues_related_to_teachers_brain_disorder.html

Posted by grovese on July 27, 2015 in Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neurolaw in the News


Jennifer Richeson Elected to National Academy of Sciences

MacArthur Foundation Research Network Member Jennifer Richeson was recently elected into the National Academy of Sciences.  Members are elected “in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.”

To read the press release, visit: http://www.nasonline.org/news-and-multimedia/news/april-28-2015-NAS-Election.html

Posted by grovese on July 22, 2015 in Around the Web, Neurolaw, Popular Press, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers


Dialogues Between Neuroscience and Society

On October 17, 2015, as a part of the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, Hon. Jed S. Rakoff will be giving a talk on Neuroscience and the Law: Strange Bedfellows.

To learn more about this session, visit: http://www.sfn.org/annual-meeting/neuroscience-2015/sessions-and-events/scientific-program/featured-lectures#Dialogues-Between-Neuroscience-and-Society

Posted by grovese on July 21, 2015 in Around the Web, Conferences and Events, Neurolaw


Radical Challenges of Neurolaw

MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience Member Stephen J. Morse was recently featured on Case in Point, where he spoke about neurolaw and responsibility.

To watch the episode, visit: http://caseinpoint.org/live/news/5340-radical-challenges-of-neurolaw#.VaUoAE3JCUm

Posted by grovese on July 14, 2015 in Around the Web, Criminal Law, Free Will, Moral and Legal Responsibility, Neurolaw


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 July 2, 2015 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Books, Calls for Papers, Conferences and Events, Criminal Law, Education, Moral and Legal Responsibility, Neuroimaging, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News, Neuroscience, Popular Press, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers


Why Behavioral Economics Isn’t Better, and How it Could Be

A forthcoming publication from Owen Jones is now available via SSRN here: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2504776.

The publication is titled “Why Behavioral Economics Isn’t Better, and How it Could Be” and the abstract reads:

What’s holding Behavioral Economics back?  And what can be done about it?

The fields of Behavioral Economics and Behavioral Law and Economics have each supplied important and useful insights.  But the state of knowledge has changed rapidly across the decades since Tversky and Kahneman first highlighted how people sometimes systematically depart from predictions of the standard expected utility model in neoclassical economics.

Those changes now render it uncomfortably obvious that Behavioral Economics, and those who rely on it, are falling behind with respect to new developments in other disciplines that also bear directly on the very same mysteries of human decision-making.

This chapter identifies four problems for Behavioral Economics.  It explores their causes.  It then suggests and illustrates ways around them, including a path for integrating multi-disciplinary insights.  It provides concrete recommendations that can help to move these important schools of thought forward, in light of developments in other fields.

Owen D. Jones, Why Behavioral Economics Isn’t Better, and How it Could Be , in Research Handbook on Behavioral Law and Economics, J. Teitelbaum & K. Zeiler eds, (forthcoming 2015).

Posted by grovese on June 18, 2015 in Around the Web, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers


Course on neuroscience and law examines how new scientific developments may affect our legal system

A course on “Law and Neuroscience” taught at the University of Pennsylvania was recently highlighted in a story published by the Law School.  Offered this past spring for the
first time ever, “Law and Neuroscience,” was taught by Stephen J. Morse
and Amy Wax.

To read more, visit: https://www.law.upenn.edu/live/news/5561-course-on-neuroscience-and-law-examines-how-new#.VX84nKMo6Ul

Posted by grovese on June 17, 2015 in Around the Web, Education, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News


How Do We Hold a Child’s Mind Accountable?

MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience Member Hon. Morris B.
Hoffman recently wrote a commentary piece via The Marshall Project.  The article is titled “How Do We Hold a Child’s Mind Accountable?” and can be accessed here:  https://www.themarshallproject.org/2015/06/12/how-do-we-hold-a-child-s-mind-accountable

Posted by grovese on June 16, 2015 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neurolaw


Teens’ immature brains pose all sorts of dangers

Research conducted by MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience
Members BJ Casey and Larry Steinberg was highlighted in an article titled ”Teens’ immature brains pose all sorts of dangers.”

To read the article, visit: http://articles.philly.com/2015-02-02/news/58679905_1_texts-teenage-brain-camp

Posted by grovese on June 15, 2015 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Criminal Law


New Publication on fMRI-Based Memory Detection

The Journal of Neuroscience has recently published a paper by Melina R. Uncapher, J. Tyler Boyd-Meredith, Tiffany E. Chow, Jesse Rissman, and Anthony D. Wagner titled Goal-Directed
Modulation of Neural Memory Patterns: Implications for fMRI-Based Memory
.

This paper is a deliverable of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, and a report of this publication can be found here: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2015/june/fmri-memory-trick-060315.html

Citation:
Melina R. Uncapher, J. Tyler Boyd-Meredith, Tiffany E. Chow, Jesse Rissman, & Anthony D. Wagner, Goal-Directed Modulation of Neural Memory Patterns: Implications for fMRI-Based Memory Detection, 35(22) Journal of Neuroscience 8531 (2015).

Posted by grovese on June 9, 2015 in Neuroimaging, Neurolaw, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers


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.