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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


Science in Court: Courage of Conviction

Nature recently published an article by Virginia Gewin titled “Science in Court: Courage of Conviction.”  This article explores the crucial role of expert witnesses in bringing science into the legal system.  Owen Jones, Director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience is quoted in the article, along with other leading scholars at the intersection…

Posted on November 3, 2015 in Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News, Neuroscience, Popular Press, 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


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


How the Brain Makes Blame and Punishment Decisions

New work by researchers at Vanderbilt University and Harvard University confirms that a specific area of the brain, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, is crucial to punishment decisions. Researchers predicted and found that by altering brain activity in that region of the brain they could not only change how much subjects punished hypothetical defendants, but could…

Posted on September 28, 2015 in Criminal Law, Neurolaw, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers, Uncategorized


Research Network Granted $1.4M in Additional Funding

The Research Network on Law and Neuroscience was recently granted an additional $1.4 million from the MacArthur Foundation for continued work into the implications of neuroscience for criminal justice.  The Research Network will also leverage its recent findings into deeper insights about memory and the effects of race on threat perception. To read the entire press…

Posted on September 22, 2015 in Around the Web, Criminal Law, Education, Neurolaw in the News, Uncategorized


Law and Neuroscience: Special Edition of SciencesPSY

SciencesPSY has recently published (in French) a special issue on law and neuroscience.  This special edition highlights the work of scholars including Stephen J. Morse, Owen D. Jones, and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong. To learn more about this special issue, visit: http://www.sciences-psy.fr/

Posted on August 5, 2015 in Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neurolaw, Neuroscience, Popular Press, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers, Uncategorized


Will brain disorder defense in teacher sex assault case work? Legal experts weigh in

MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience Member Richard Bonnie and Education & Outreach Director Francis Shen were both quoted in a recent news article titled “Will brain disorder defense in teacher sex assault case work? Legal experts weigh in.” To read the full article, visit: http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2015/07/5_legal_issues_related_to_teachers_brain_disorder.html

Posted on July 27, 2015 in Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neurolaw in the News, Uncategorized


Radical Challenges of Neurolaw

MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience Member Stephen J. Morse was recently featured on Case in Point, where he spoke about neurolaw and responsibility. To watch the episode, visit: http://caseinpoint.org/live/news/5340-radical-challenges-of-neurolaw#.VaUoAE3JCUm

Posted on July 14, 2015 in Around the Web, Criminal Law, Free Will, Moral and Legal Responsibility, Neurolaw, 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