Steinberg Quoted in The New Yorker

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

Posted by grovese on August 24, 2015 in Adolescents, Neurolaw in the News


Law and Neuroscience: Special Edition of SciencesPSY

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/

Posted by grovese on August 5, 2015 in Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neurolaw, Neuroscience, Popular Press, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers


Pain on the Brain: CLBB Posts on Pain Neuroimaging & Law

The Center for Law, Brain & Behavior, along with the Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School, is hosting a series of pain neuroimaging and law posts:

Pain on the Brain: A Week of Guest Posts on Pain Neuroimaging & Law by Amanda C. Pustilnik: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/billofhealth/2015/07/28/pain-on-the-brain-a-week-of-guest-posts-on-pain-neuroimaging-law/

Pain-o-meters: How – and Why – Should We Develop Them? by Karen Davis: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/billofhealth/2015/07/29/pain-o-meters-how-and-why-should-we-develop-them/

Some Optimism on Brains, Pain, & Law – Let’s See What We Can Achieve by Martha Farah: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/billofhealth/2015/07/29/some-optimism-on-brains-pain-law-lets-see-what-we-can-achieve/

Emotion and Pain – Beyond “All in Your Head” by David Seminowicz: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/billofhealth/2015/07/30/emotion-and-pain-beyond-all-in-your-head/

Emotional Harm as “Bodily Injury” in the Law – and in the Brain by Francis X. Shen: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/billofhealth/2015/07/30/emotional-harm-as-bodily-injury-in-the-law-and-in-the-brain/

An ELSI Program for Pain Research: A Call to Action by Diane Hoffmann: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/billofhealth/2015/07/31/an-elsi-program-for-pain-research-a-call-to-action/

Of Algorithms, Algometry, and Others: Pain Measurement & The Quantification of Distrust by Frank Pasquale: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/billofhealth/2015/07/31/of-algorithms-algometry-and-others-pain-measurement-the-quantification-of-distrust/

Neuroimaging as Evidence of Pain: It’s Time to Prepare by Henry T. Greely: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/billofhealth/2015/07/31/neuroimaging-as-evidence-of-pain-its-time-to-prepare/

What Should the Future Look Like for Brain-Based Pain Imaging in the Law? Three Eminent Scholars Weigh In by Amanda C. Pustilnik: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/billofhealth/2015/07/31/what-should-the-future-look-like-for-brain-based-pain-measurement-in-the-law-three-eminent-scholars-offer-their-views/

Posted by grovese on August 3, 2015 in Around the Web, Neuroimaging, Neurolaw


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


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.