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Laurence Steinberg on adolescent brain development and legal policy

Posted by on Thursday, December 3, 2015 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neurolaw, Uncategorized.

Drawing on findings from a 20-year program of work on adolescent decision making and risk taking, Laurence Steinberg, PhD discussed the United States Supreme Court’s rationale in three cases during the past decade that involved the criminal culpability of juveniles, and the role that scientific evidence about adolescent brain development played in its decisions. He concluded that in discussions of adolescents’ treatment under criminal law, juveniles’ greater amenability to rehabilitation is more important than their diminished culpability. Moreover, he argued that neuroscientific evidence should supplement, rather than supplant, findings from behavioral science.

To watch this talk at the Petrie-Flom Center (Harvard University) click here.