How teenage brains are different

The Economist recently published a piece on “How teenage brains are different” which addresses the question of culpability in the on-going Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial.  To access the article, visit:  http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2015/03/economist-explains-15?fsrc=scn/fb/wl/ee/howteenagebrainsaredifferent

Posted by grovese on March 19, 2015 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neurolaw


Red States, Blue States, and Brain States

Francis X. Shen & Dena M. Gromet, Red States, Blue States, and Brain States: Issue
Framing, Partisanship, and the Future of Neurolaw in the United States
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658 The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 86 (2015).

This recent publication is a deliverable from the Law and Neuroscience Project (2007-2011), the precursor project to the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience.  The article itself can be accessed at: http://ann.sagepub.com/content/658/1/86

Additionally, a related Washington Post blog entry can be accessed here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2015/02/25/neuroscience-is-coming-to-the-law-can-we-keep-politics-out-of-it/

As well as a general press release here:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/02/150224143114.htm

Posted by grovese on March 4, 2015 in Around the Web, Criminal Law, Education, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers


The Coalition for Public Safety: Nation’s Largest Coalition Aimed at Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform

The Coalition for Public Safety has recently issued a press release announcing the formation of a “new coalition of the nation’s most prominent conservative and progressive organizations…to pursue an aggressive criminal justice reform effort.”

The Coalition is being funded by a variety of supporters including Laura and John Arnold, Koch Industries, Inc., the Ford Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

To read the entire press release, visit: http://2s7urjgj9be4a0k0x1ye6t6i.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/CPS-Launch-Release.pdf

To learn more about the Coalition for Public Safety, visit: http://www.coalitionforpublicsafety.org/

Posted by grovese on February 23, 2015 in Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neuroethics


MacArthur Foundation to Invest $75 Million to Reduce U.S. Jail Population

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has recently announced that it will invest $75 million over five years in an attempt to reduce the number of people in the country’s jails.

MacArthur’s president Julia Stasch stated: “Jails too often serve as warehouses for those too poor to post bail, nonviolent offenders, or people with mental illness.”

To read more about this announcement, visit: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/11/us-usa-jail-charity-idUSKBN0LF0NS20150211

Posted by grovese on February 11, 2015 in Around the Web, Criminal Law, Mental Illness


Full-Length Reviews of Law and Neuroscience Coursebook

The cousebook Law and Neuroscience, authored by Owen D. Jones, Jeffrey D. Schall, and Francis X. Shen, has been reviewed by Hon. Andre Davis in the Spring 2015 edition of The SciTech Lawyer and by Rita R. Handrich in the November 2014 edition of The Jury Expert.

To read these reviews, visit:

The SciTech Lawyer: http://www.lawneuro.org/_resources/pdf/AndreDavis_Jan2015_SciTechLawyer-ReviewOfLawAndNeuroscience.pdf

The Jury Expert: http://www.thejuryexpert.com/2014/11/book-review-law-and-neuroscience/

To read additional reviews and commentary on Law and Neuroscience, visit: http://www.psy.vanderbilt.edu/courses/neurolaw/?page_id=474

Posted by grovese on February 9, 2015 in Around the Web, Books, Education, Neurolaw


Article on Psychopathy and Punishment

A recent article titled “Psychopathic violent offenders’ brains can’t understand punishment: MRI-scans reveal abnormalities in many areas of the brain” discusses the findings in an fMRI study led by Sheilagh Hodgins and Nigel Blackwood.

To read the article, visit:  http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-01/uom-pvo012215.php

Study Citation:
Sarah Gregory, R James Blair, Dominic ffytche, Andrew Simmons, Veena Kumari, Sheilagh Hodgins, Nigel Blackwood. Punishment and psychopathy: a case-control functional MRI investigation of reinforcement learning in violent antisocial personality disordered men. The Lancet Psychiatry, 2015; 2 (2): 153 DOI: 10.1016/S2215-0366(14)00071-6

Posted by grovese on January 30, 2015 in Around the Web, Criminal Law, Moral and Legal Responsibility, Psychopathy


NYT: Brain Injury and the NFL

The New York Times recently published an article addressing topics around brain injury and the NFL, titled “To Allay Fears, N.F.L. Huddles With Mothers.”

The piece quotes brain injury lawyer Michael Kaplen, and can be accessed here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/29/sports/football/nfl-tries-to-reassure-mothers-as-polls-and-studies-rattle-them.html

Posted by grovese on January 29, 2015 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Neuroscience


The Teenage Brain of the Boston Bomber

Research Network Members Laurence Steinberg and Owen Jones were quoted in a recent article about the potential use of neuroscientific evidence in the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial.

To read the piece, visit:  https://www.themarshallproject.org/2015/01/08/the-teenage-brain-of-the-boston-bomber

Posted by grovese on January 14, 2015 in Adolescents, 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 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 December 29, 2014 in Around the Web, Calls for Papers, Conferences and Events, Criminal Law, Education, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News, Popular Press, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers


Forbes Highlights Work of the Research Network

Forbes recently ran a piece titled “Will Brain Scanning Help Me Beat A Speeding Ticket?” which highlights the work and mission of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience.

To read the entire article, visit: http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertszczerba/2014/12/02/will-brain-scanning-help-me-beat-a-speeding-ticket/

Posted by grovese on December 10, 2014 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News, Popular Press


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.