Neuro-expert testifies for Tsarnaev

The Washington Post recently published an op-ed by Dr. Sally Satel and Prof. Scott O. Lilienfeld about the developments in the Dzohkar Tsarnaev trial.  The piece highlights the use of expert testimony from neuroscientists in this and other criminal cases.

To read the piece, visit: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/05/11/neuro-expert-testifies-for-tsarnaev/

Posted by grovese on May 13, 2015 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neurolaw, Popular Press, Psychopathy


Neuroscience & Public Policy Seminars

The University of Wisconsin-Madison hosted speaker Dr. Francis X. Shen on April 10, 2015 for the Neuroscience & Public Policy Seminar: The Future of Law and Neuroscience.  On May 10, 2015, Dr. Anthony Wagner spoke at the same seminar series on Memories, Lies, & the Brain: Can Neuroscience Detect Legally Relevant Mental States?

Posted by grovese on May 12, 2015 in Conferences and Events, Lie Detection, Neurolaw


“Obama’s 2013 ‘BRAIN’ initiative results in remote-controlled mice”

Through the use of DREADDs, “designer receptors exclusively activated by designer drugs,” scientists have been able to manipulate the brain circuitry of lab mice.  These results are a part of President Barack Obama’s 2013 “Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies” initiative.

“The BRAIN initiative as a whole hopes to uncover the sources of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, schizophrenia, depression, PTSD and other still-mysterious brain disorders.”

To read more about this research, visit: http://www.engadget.com/2015/04/30/brain-initiative-first-results/

Posted by grovese on April 30, 2015 in Around the Web, Free Will, 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 April 22, 2015 in Around the Web, Books, Calls for Papers, Conferences and Events, Criminal Law, Education, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News, Popular Press, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers


Law and Neuroscience Fellowship

Stanford Law School invites applications for the 2015-2016 Fellowship in the Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society (SPINS), part of the Center for Law and the Biosciences.  This fellowship is intended for people who want an academic or policy career working on ethical, legal, and social issues arising from advances in neuroscience.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit:  https://stanfordcareers.stanford.edu/job-search?jobId=66427

Posted by grovese on April 20, 2015 in Around the Web, Education


Network Member Stephen J. Morse on Insanity Defense and ALS

Research Network Member Stephen J. Morse was recently quoted in a news piece titled, “Insanity defense expert skeptical of ALS ties to Steele’s insanity plea.”  Morse commented on a Wisconsin murder case in which it is expected that the defendant’s diagnosis with ALS will be used by his attorney as foundation for the insanity defense.

To read the article, visit: http://www.channel3000.com/news/Insanity-defense-expert-skeptical-of-ALS-ties-to-Steele-s-insanity-plea/32350172

Posted by grovese on April 15, 2015 in Around the Web, Criminal Law, Moral and Legal Responsibility


Congratulations to Network Members Richeson, Yaffe

The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience is excited to share that Network Members Jennifer Richeson and Gideon Yaffe have each been appointed as 2015 Guggenheim Fellows.

“In its ninety-first competition for the United States and Canada, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded 173 Fellowships (including two joint Fellowships) to a diverse group of 175 scholars, artists, and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of over 3,100 applicants.”

To read more about this news, visit:  http://www.gf.org/fellows/current/

Posted by grovese on April 13, 2015 in Around the Web, Popular Press


“Low Family Income Affects Brain Development of Children”

“In the largest study of its kind to date, the researchers looked at 1,099 typically developing individuals between the ages of 3 and 20 years. Associations between socio-economic factors (including parent education and family income) and measurements of surface area of the brain were drawn from demographic and developmental history questionnaires, as well as high-resolution brain MRIs.”

To read more, visit: http://copleysystems.com/low-family-income-affects-brain-development-of-children/

Posted by grovese on April 9, 2015 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers


Op-Ed Pieces from Research Network Members

Recently, two Members of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience published op-ed pieces touching on topics at the intersection of the Network’s research.

Hon. Morris Hoffman’s piece in Reuters titled “Punishment’s purpose: How humans became hardwired for justice” can be accessed here:  http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/03/20/punishments-purpose-how-humans-became-hardwired-for-justice/

Dr. Laurence Steinberg’s piece in The Boston Globe titled “Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, adolescent or adult?” can be accessed here:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2015/03/30/dzhokhar-tsarnaev-adolescent-adult/vGvlllXjAgjxa6seMYsaMJ/story.html

Posted by grovese on April 6, 2015 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News


President’s Bioethics Commission Cites Multiple Works of the Research Network

President Obama charged his Bioethics Commission in 2013 with considering the potential implications of neuroscience for (among several other things) the criminal justice system.  Last week, the Bioethics Commission answered that call with a 150-page report (here), Chapter 4 of which addresses “Neuroscience and the Legal System.”  The Bioethics Commission cited sixteen works of the Research Network and its Members (www.lawneuro.org) – including a consensus statement of policy recommendations (here).

Posted by grovese on March 30, 2015 in Around the Web, Calls for Papers, Conferences and Events, Neurolaw, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers


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.