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New G2i Knowledge Brief

Sep. 27, 2017—New Knowledge Brief from the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience “Individual results may vary.” This phrase pops up frequently in our daily lives, but it is often ignored, underestimated or misunderstood in the courtroom. Using scientific data gathered from large groups to make predictions about individual cases (otherwise known as Group to...

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Call for Papers

Jun. 7, 2017—The Inaugural Junior Faculty Forum for Law and STEM will be held on October 6-7, 2017 at University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA. The Northwestern, Penn, and Stanford Law Schools are pleased to announce the creation of a new Junior Faculty Forum dedicated to interdisciplinary scholarship focusing on the intersection of Law and Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics...

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Article of Interest: The Origins of Cognitive Deficits in Victimized Children

May. 14, 2017—The Origins of Cognitive Deficits in Victimized Children: Implications for Neuroscientists and Clinicians Andrea Danese, M.D., Ph.D., Terrie E. Moffitt, Ph.D., Louise Arseneault, Ph.D., Ben A. Bleiberg, B.S., Perry B. Dinardo, B.A., Stephanie B. Gandelman, B.S., Renate Houts, Ph.D., Antony Ambler, M.Sc., Helen L. Fisher, Ph.D., Richie Poulton, Ph.D., Avshalom Caspi, Ph.D. American Journal of...

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NYT Coverage of Network Research on Young Adult Brains

Apr. 20, 2017—NYT Coverage of Network Research on Young Adult Brains: The New York Times recently ran a piece titled “A California Court for Young Adults Calls on Science,” which highlights Network research on young adult brains. To read the piece, click here.

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New Publication: Predicting the Knowledge-Recklessness Distinction in the Human Brain

Apr. 1, 2017—Iris Vilares, Michael Wesley, Woo-Young Ahn, Richard J. Bonnie, Morris B. Hoffman, Owen D. Jones, Stephen J. Morse, Gideon Yaffe, Terry Lohrenz, & Read Montague, Predicting the Knowledge-Recklessness Distinction in the Human Brain , Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). Abstract:  Criminal convictions require proof that a prohibited act was performed in a...

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How Should Justice Policy Treat Young Offenders?

Mar. 1, 2017—Our just-released knowledge brief, How Should Justice Policy Treat Young Offenders?, details the latest research and policy advances related to adolescent and young adult brain development. The justice system in the United States has long recognized that juvenile offenders are not the same as adults, and has tried to incorporate those differences into law and...

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Lie Detection Brief

Dec. 8, 2016—The Research Network is pleased to announce the release of a new brief, fMRI and Lie Detection. Some studies have reported the ability to detect lies, with a high degree of accuracy, by analyzing brain data acquired using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). But is this new technology ready for its day in court? The...

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Neurolaw News

Oct. 20, 2016—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: ...

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Network Publication on Third-Party Punishment

Sep. 22, 2016—A just-published study by a Research Network team used fMRI brain-scanning techniques to identify and dissociate the four different patterns of brain activities involved in: 1.     Evaluating the mental state of a defendant 2.     Evaluating the harm the defendant caused 3.     Integrating mental state and harm information 4.     Deciding a punishment amount The work – published as...

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National Law Journal Op-Ed: “Readying the Legal Community for More Neuroscientific Evidence”

Sep. 13, 2016—Network Director Owen D. Jones published an op-ed in the September 12 edition of the National Law Journal titled “Readying the Legal Community for More Neuroscientific Evidence: Understanding complex advances in neurolaw can aid the administration of justice.” The op-ed outlines the promise – and pitfalls – of the rapidly expanding field of neurolaw, and why...

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