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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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Science in Court: Courage of Conviction

Nov. 3, 2015—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...

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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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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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How the Brain Makes Blame and Punishment Decisions

Sep. 28, 2015—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...

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Research Network Granted $1.4M in Additional Funding

Sep. 22, 2015—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...

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Law and Neuroscience: Special Edition of SciencesPSY

Aug. 5, 2015—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/

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

Jul. 27, 2015—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

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Radical Challenges of Neurolaw

Jul. 14, 2015—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

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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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