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 month.

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Posted by grovese on January 18, 2016 in Addiction, Adolescents, Around the Web, Books, Calls for Papers, Conferences and Events, Criminal Law, Education, Free Will, Lie Detection, Mental Illness, Moral and Legal Responsibility, Neuroethics, Neuroimaging, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News, Neuroscience, Popular Press, Prediction, Psychopathy, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers


Research Network Announcements & Awards

We are pleased to announce a variety of news items involving Research Network Members as well as Research Network Scholars:

  1. Faigman Named Acting Chancellor & Dean of UC Hastings: Research Network Member David L. Faigman, the John F. Digardi Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Hastings, has been appointed Acting Chancellor & Dean of UC Hastings.  To read the full press release, click here.
  2. Galvan to Receive 2016 Cognitive Neuroscience Society’s Young Investigator Award: Research Network Scholar Dr. Adriana Galvan has been awarded the CNS 2016 Young Investigator Award.  Galvan will give her award lecture on Monday, April 4 in New York. To read more, click here.
  3. Galvan Received 2016 APA Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award: Dr. Adriana Galvan has also been awarded the APA Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award in the area of Developmental Psychology.  To learn more about this outstanding accolade for scientific achievement, click here.
  4. Jones Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science: Research Network Director Owen D. Jones has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  To read more about Jones’ work and his selection as a AAAS Fellow, click here.

Posted by grovese on January 7, 2016 in Around the Web


Fellowship Opportunities at the National Institute of Justice

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is looking for doctoral students with innovative research that aims to solve problems faced by criminal justice practitioners. Apply to be part of one of NIJ’s Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) programs. The deadline is December 15. To learn more, click here.

Posted by grovese on December 14, 2015 in Around the Web, Calls for Papers, Criminal Law, Education


The EANL Law, New Technologies & Neuroscience Winter School 2016

The EANL Law, New Technologies & Neuroscience Winter School will take place at the University of Pavia (Italy) from February 15-20, 2016.  Applications are still being accepted.

The EANL Law, New Technologies & Neuroscience Winter School is a school open to lawyers, scientists and non-scientists. Basic scientific information is provided on Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Genetics and Robotics, while basic law concepts are discussed for non-lawyers. The core of the activity is devoted to the intersection between law and new technologies, in a comparative perspective. The school is directed to graduate/master degree students, PhD Students, and early career professionals.

To learn more, please click here.

Posted by grovese on December 3, 2015 in Around the Web, Conferences and Events, Neuroscience


Laurence Steinberg on adolescent brain development and legal policy

Drawing on findings from a 20-year program of work on adolescent decision making and risk taking, Laurence Steinberg, PhD discussed the United States Supreme Court’s rationale in three cases during the past decade that involved the criminal culpability of juveniles, and the role that scientific evidence about adolescent brain development played in its decisions. He concluded that in discussions of adolescents’ treatment under criminal law, juveniles’ greater amenability to rehabilitation is more important than their diminished culpability. Moreover, he argued that neuroscientific evidence should supplement, rather than supplant, findings from behavioral science.

To watch this talk at the Petrie-Flom Center (Harvard University) click here.

Posted by grovese on December 3, 2015 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neurolaw


Five Studies: Why Kids Who Kill Are Getting a Second Chance

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

Posted by grovese on November 12, 2015 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News


Science in Court: Courage of Conviction

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

Posted by grovese on November 3, 2015 in 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 month.

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 19, 2015 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Books, Calls for Papers, Conferences and Events, Criminal Law, Education, Lie Detection, Mental Illness, Moral and Legal Responsibility, Neuroethics, Neuroimaging, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News, Neuroscience, Popular Press, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers


Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study

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

Posted by grovese on October 14, 2015 in Adolescents, Neurolaw


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.

To read more, visit: http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/those_convicted_as_juveniles_who_are_serving_life_without_parole_hope_the_c

Posted by grovese on October 12, 2015 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News


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.