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Laurence Steinberg on adolescent brain development and legal policy

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…

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


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

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…

Posted on November 12, 2015 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News, Uncategorized


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 month. To subscribe to the newsletter, please visit: …

Posted on October 19, 2015 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Books, Calls for Papers, Conferences and Events, Criminal Law, Education, Lie Detection, Mental Illness, Moral and Legal Responsibility, Neuroethics, Neuroimaging, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News, Neuroscience, Popular Press, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers, Uncategorized


Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study

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…

Posted on October 14, 2015 in Adolescents, Neurolaw, Uncategorized


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

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…

Posted on October 12, 2015 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News, Uncategorized


Steinberg Quoted in The New Yorker

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

Posted on August 24, 2015 in Adolescents, Neurolaw in the News, Uncategorized


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…

Posted on July 2, 2015 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Books, Calls for Papers, Conferences and Events, Criminal Law, Education, Moral and Legal Responsibility, Neuroimaging, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News, Neuroscience, Popular Press, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers, Uncategorized


How Do We Hold a Child’s Mind Accountable?

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

Posted on June 16, 2015 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neurolaw, Uncategorized


Teens’ immature brains pose all sorts of dangers

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

Posted on June 15, 2015 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Criminal Law, Uncategorized


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