Research Network Members BJ Casey, Stephen J. Morse, and Larry Steinberg were all cited in a recent piece run by the Pacific Standard titled, “Five Studies: Why Kids Who Kill Are Getting a Second Chance.”
The article outlines the ways in which neuroscience has “helped debunk the superpredator myth—and sway the Supreme Court” and explores ways in which changes in juvenile sentencing are gaining traction. To read more, visit: http://www.psmag.com/politics-and-law/five-studies-debunking-the-superpredator-myth
Nature recently published an article by Virginia Gewin titled “Science in Court: Courage of Conviction.” This article explores the crucial role of expert witnesses in bringing science into the legal system. Owen Jones, Director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience is quoted in the article, along with other leading scholars at the intersection of law and neuroscience.
To read more, visit: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v526/n7573/full/nj7573-463a.html
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Research Network Member BJ Casey was recently awarded of a research project site grant via the NIH’s Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study which is a “landmark study about the effects of adolescent substance use on the developing brain.” The study, coordinated out of UC San Diego, will follow approximately 10,000 children at project cites at research institutes across the country. Research Network Scholars Adriana Galván and Damien Fair are also involved in this ABCD Study. To read the full press release, visit: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/sep2015/nida-25.htm
Those Convicted as Juveniles Who are Serving Life Without Parole Hope the Court Will Go Back in Time
Kevin Davis recently wrote an ABA Journal article on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Miller v. Alabama that mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles convicted of murder were cruel and unusual punishment, and the question of whether that decision applies to older cases involving individuals currently serving those life sentences.
A new encyclopedia entry — on the topic “Law and Neuroscience” — is now available here. It appears in the International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd Edition, 2015).
New work by researchers at Vanderbilt University and Harvard University confirms that a specific area of the brain, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, is crucial to punishment decisions. Researchers predicted and found that by altering brain activity in that region of the brain they could not only change how much subjects punished hypothetical defendants, but could also do so without changing how much subjects blamed those defendants.
An overview of the new study appears here. And the full paper — appearing in Neuron as “From Blame to Punishment: Disrupting Prefrontal Cortex Activity Reveals Norm Enforcement Mechanisms” — is available here.
The Research Network on Law and Neuroscience was recently granted an additional $1.4 million from the MacArthur Foundation for continued work into the implications of neuroscience for criminal justice. The Research Network will also leverage its recent findings into deeper insights about memory and the effects of race on threat perception.
To read the entire press release, visit: http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2015/09/law-and-neuroscience-research-gets-1-4-million-in-additional-grant-money/
Research Network Member and Temple University Distinguished University Professor of Psychology Laurence Steinberg was quoted in a recent article published by The New Yorker titled “The Terrible Teens: What’s Wrong with Them?”
In the article, Steinberg discusses adolescent decision making and developmental psychology. To read the entire article, visit: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/08/31/the-terrible-teens
SciencesPSY has recently published (in French) a special issue on law and neuroscience. This special edition highlights the work of scholars including Stephen J. Morse, Owen D. Jones, and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong.
To learn more about this special issue, visit: http://www.sciences-psy.fr/