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Laurence Steinberg on adolescent brain development and legal policy

Dec. 3, 2015—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...

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Five Studies: Why Kids Who Kill Are Getting a Second Chance

Nov. 12, 2015—Research Network Members BJ Casey, Stephen J. Morse, and Larry Steinberg were all cited in a recent piece run by the Pacific Standard titled, “Five Studies: Why Kids Who Kill Are Getting a Second Chance.” The article outlines the ways in which neuroscience has “helped debunk the superpredator myth—and sway the Supreme Court” and explores ways...

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Neurolaw News

Oct. 19, 2015—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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Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study

Oct. 14, 2015—Research Network Member BJ Casey was recently awarded of a research project site grant via the NIH’s Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study which is a “landmark study about the effects of adolescent substance use on the developing brain.”  The study, coordinated out of UC San Diego, will follow approximately 10,000 children at project cites...

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Those Convicted as Juveniles Who are Serving Life Without Parole Hope the Court Will Go Back in Time

Oct. 12, 2015—Kevin Davis recently wrote an ABA Journal article on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Miller v. Alabama that mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles convicted of murder were cruel and unusual punishment, and the question of whether that decision applies to older cases involving individuals currently serving those life sentences. To read...

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Steinberg Quoted in The New Yorker

Aug. 24, 2015—Research Network Member and Temple University Distinguished University Professor of Psychology Laurence Steinberg was quoted in a recent article published by The New Yorker titled “The Terrible Teens: What’s Wrong with Them?” In the article, Steinberg discusses adolescent decision making and developmental psychology.  To read the entire article, visit: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/08/31/the-terrible-teens

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Neurolaw News

Jul. 2, 2015—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...

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How Do We Hold a Child’s Mind Accountable?

Jun. 16, 2015—MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience Member Hon. Morris B. Hoffman recently wrote a commentary piece via The Marshall Project.  The article is titled “How Do We Hold a Child’s Mind Accountable?” and can be accessed here:  https://www.themarshallproject.org/2015/06/12/how-do-we-hold-a-child-s-mind-accountable

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Teens’ immature brains pose all sorts of dangers

Jun. 15, 2015—Research conducted by MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience Members BJ Casey and Larry Steinberg was highlighted in an article titled “Teens’ immature brains pose all sorts of dangers.” To read the article, visit: http://articles.philly.com/2015-02-02/news/58679905_1_texts-teenage-brain-camp

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Neuro-expert testifies for Tsarnaev

May. 13, 2015—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/

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