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Neurolaw News

Apr. 19, 2016—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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Neurolaw News

Jan. 18, 2016—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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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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MacArthur Foundation to Invest $75 Million to Reduce U.S. Jail Population

Feb. 11, 2015—The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has recently announced that it will invest $75 million over five years in an attempt to reduce the number of people in the country’s jails. MacArthur’s president Julia Stasch stated: “Jails too often serve as warehouses for those too poor to post bail, nonviolent offenders, or people with...

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“Military Funds Brain-Computer Interfaces to Control Feelings”

Jun. 2, 2014—“Military Funds Brain-Computer Interfaces to Control Feelings,” an article in MIT Tech Review discussed the $70 million program funded by the U.S. military to create brain implants which read, and then control the emotions of patients suffering from seven psychiatric conditions, including addiction, depression, and borderline personality disorder.  The new research aims to “understand the...

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MAOA and Criminal Responsibility

Jun. 8, 2011—Matthew Baum has a new piece in Neuroethics entitled, "The MAOA Predisposition to Impulsive Violence: Is it Relevant to Criminal Trials?"   Here is the abstract: In Italy, a judge reduced the sentence of a defendant by 1 year in response to evidence for a genetic predisposition to violence. The best characterized of these genetic differences, those in the monoamine...

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Neuroprediction, Violence, and the Law

Nov. 29, 2010—I have a forthcoming paper with Stephanos Bibas, Scott Grafton, Kent Kiehl, Andrew Mansfield, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, and Michael Gazzaniga entitled "Neuroprediction, Violence, and the Law: Setting the Stage," that is available as an "on-line first" draft on Neuroethics.  Here is the abstract: In this paper, our goal is to (a) survey some of the legal contexts within which...

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The Neurobiology of Evil

Sep. 29, 2010—Big Think has posted a recent interview with Michael Stone entitled "The Neurobiology of Evil."  If you haven't checked out Big Think before, you should also watch some of their other fascinating interviews with folks like Kwame Appiah, Antonio Damasio, Joseph LeDoux, Alfred Mele, and others.

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Kiehl, Morse, and Others on Psychopathy and the Law

May. 18, 2010—Radio Health Journal has a series of interesting interviews with Kent Kiehl, Stephen Morse, and others concerning psychopathy, neuroscience, and the law.  Go here to listen to the recording (beginning at the 2 minute mark).

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Neurolaw in the News

Dec. 2, 2009—Neuroscience has taken center stage in two recent criminal court cases–one in Italy, the other in Chicago, IL.  In the former case, a convicted murderer got a reduced sentence based on evidence concerning his low activity MAOA (see here for a brief discussion about MAOA).  The case was discussed recently in Nature News.  Here is...

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