The International Neuroethics Society has put out calls in regard to the 2016 Annual Meeting of the International Neuroethics Society in San Diego, CA, on November 10-11, 2016.
Call for Abstracts
“We welcome abstracts of both an empirical and philosophical nature related to the field of neuroethics. Investigators at all career stages are encouraged to submit abstracts. Acceptance will be based on content, available space, and overall program balance. All oral and poster presentations and poster judging will take place on Friday, November 11, 2016.”
“The International Neuroethics Society (INS) is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the 2016 Student/Postdoc Essay Contest in neuroethics! The contest, now in its third year, aims to promote interest in neuroethics among students and postdocs early in their academic careers. Two winning essays will be published in the Kopf Carrier and the authors will be recognized at the 2016 INS Annual Meeting, the premier gathering of professionals dedicated to neuroethics.”
Deadlines are June 15.
The New York Times recently published an op-ed authored by Laurence Steinberg, Thomas Grisso, Elizabeth S. Scott, and Richard J. Bonnie. The piece, titled “Don’t Treat Young Adults as Teenagers” addresses the treatment of young adult offenders in the justice system.
To read the full op-ed, visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/opinion/sunday/dont-treat-young-adults-as-teenagers.html
Hon. Jed S. Rakoff recently authored an article via The New York Review of Books titled “Neuroscience and the Law: Don’t Rush In.”
To read the full article, visit: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2016/05/12/neuroscience-and-the-law-dont-rush-in/?sub_key=571a566a569d4
Research Network Members Laurence Steinberg, Elizabeth Scott, and BJ Casey were quoted in a recent Newsweek article on the ways in which neuroscience is influencing criminal justice for young adults. To read the full article, click here.
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The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Law, Brain and Behavior will host a panel event today titled Poverty, Violence, and the Developing Mind.
“Concentrated poverty is on the rise, and an increasing number of children are at risk for exposure to severe violence and dangerous living conditions. What are the implications of trauma exposure for healthy brain development?
“During this panel event, Dr. Kerry Ressler (of McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School) will discuss the risks poor, urban environments pose for post-traumatic stress disorder, while Dr. Charles A. Nelson (of Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School) will discuss the effects of “toxic stress” on early childhood development. Carey Goldberg of WBUR will facilitate the conversation and host the Q&A session with the audience.
“This event will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Bornstein Amphitheater, from 7:00-8:30 pm.
This event is free and open to the public. A brief reception will precede the event from 6:30-7:00 PM.”
A team led by Research Network Member BJ Casey recently published an article in Psychological Science titled “When Is an Adolescent an Adult? Assessing Cognitive Control in Emotional and Nonemotional Contexts.”
Abstract: An individual is typically considered an adult at age 18, although the age of adulthood varies for different legal and social policies. A key question is how cognitive capacities relevant to these policies change with development. The current study used an emotional go/no-go paradigm and functional neuroimaging to assess cognitive control under sustained states of negative and positive arousal in a community sample of one hundred ten 13- to 25-year-olds from New York City and Los Angeles. The results showed diminished cognitive performance under brief and prolonged negative emotional arousal in 18- to 21-year-olds relative to adults over 21. This reduction in performance was paralleled by decreased activity in fronto-parietal circuitry, implicated in cognitive control, and increased sustained activity in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, involved in emotional processes. The findings suggest a developmental shift in cognitive capacity in emotional situations that coincides with dynamic changes in prefrontal circuitry. These findings may inform age-related social policies.
Citation: Alexandra O. Cohen, Kaitlyn Breiner, Laurence Steinberg, Richard J. Bonnie, Elizabeth S. Scott, Kim A. Taylor-Thompson, Marc D. Rudolph, Jason Chein, Jennifer A. Richeson, Aaron S. Heller, Melanie R. Silverman, Danielle V. Dellarco, Damien A. Fair, Adriana Galván, & B. J. Casey, When Is an Adolescent an Adult? Assessing Cognitive Control in Emotional and Nonemotional Contexts, Psychological Science (2016).
The Atlantic recently published a piece by Greg Miller titled, “The Brain Gets Its Day in Court” which revolves around a “…new study [which] found that the number of judicial opinions referencing neuroscience as evidence more than doubled between 2005 and 2012.”
To read this recent article, visit: http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/03/neurolaw-brain-scans-court/471615/
The ABA Journal has run a piece by Kevin Davis titled “Personal injury lawyers turn to neuroscience to back claims of chronic pain.”
To read the full article, visit: http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/personal_injury_lawyers_turn_to_neuroscience_to_back_claims_of_chronic_pain
Penn Neuroscience & Society Public Talk Series (2015-2016):
Neuroimaging in the Courtroom: A Perspective From the Witness Stand
Geoffrey K. Aguirre, MD, PhD, Penn Department of Neurology
March 3, 2016 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
To learn more, visit: http://neuroethics.upenn.edu/event/neuroimaging-in-the-courtroom-a-perspective-from-the-witness-stand/