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Call for Papers: Winter 2015 The SciTech Lawyer

Winter 2015 The SciTech Lawyer will focus on current developments in law, science, medicine, and technology that is of professional interest to the members of the American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology Law. We are in need of approximately 6 timely footnoted articles ranging about 2000 words in length, but we also have…

Posted on June 19, 2014 in Calls for Papers, Free Will, Moral and Legal Responsibility, Neuroimaging, Uncategorized


New Article: Abnormal Brain Structure in Youth Who Commit Homicide

“Abnormal brain structure in youth who commit homicide” by Cope L.M., Ermer E., Gaudet L.M., Steele V.R., Eckhardt A.L., Arbabshirani M.R., Caldwell M.F., Calhoun V.D., Kiehl K.A., was recently accepted for publication in NeuroImage: Clinical.  The forthcoming article discusses results from their recent study which found differences in the brains of incarcerated youth who committed…

Posted on May 15, 2014 in Adolescents, Neuroimaging, Prediction, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers, Uncategorized


LA Times piece on Brain Scans of Inmates

Michael Haederle of the Los Angeles Times recently published a piece entitled, “Brain scans of inmates turn up possible link to risks of reoffending.”  The article quotes Research Network on Law and Neuroscience Director Owen Jones and concerns, in part, work by Dr. Kent Kiehl and colleagues which was funded by the Law and Neuroscience Project and…

Posted on July 23, 2013 in Criminal Law, Neuroimaging, Neurolaw in the News, Prediction, Uncategorized


Brain Scans and Criminal Reoffending

Nature and Wired both recently published news stories about a forthcoming study, supported in part by the Law and Neuroscience Project, on Neuroprediction of Future Rearrest in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The paper’s abstract states: “Identification of factors that predict recurrent antisocial behavior is integral to the social sciences, criminal justice…

Posted on March 29, 2013 in Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neuroimaging, Prediction, Uncategorized


“World’s most detailed scans will reveal how brain works”

“World’s most detailed scans will reveal how brain works” – On March 5, 2013, BBC News published this piece by science correspondent, Pallab Ghosh.  The piece outlines recent scientific publications of the most detailed brain scans “the world has ever seen” as part of a project to understand brain function.  To access the article, visit:…

Posted on March 6, 2013 in Neuroimaging, Neuroscience, Popular Press, Uncategorized


Recent TED Talks

MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience member, Read Montague recently gave a TED talk titled “What we’re learning from 5,000 brains,” which can be viewed here: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/read_montague_what_we_re_learning_from_5_000_brains.html.   Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, a professor at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College, London, also gave a talk on “The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain,”…

Posted on September 25, 2012 in Adolescents, Around the Web, Neuroimaging, Uncategorized


Toward a Neuroscience Model of Tort Law: How Functional Neuroimaging Will Transform Tort Doctrine

Jean Macchiaroli Eggen & Eric J. LauryColumbia Science and Technology Law Review The “neuroscience revolution” has now gained the attention of legal thinkers and is poised to be the catalyst for significant changes in the law. Over the past several decades, research in functional neuroimaging has sought to explain a vast array of human thought…

Posted on December 6, 2011 in Neuroimaging, Uncategorized


Differential brain activity for Black and White faces predicts damage awards in hypothetical employment discrimination cases

Harrison A. Korn, Micha A. Johnson, Marvin M. Chun Social Neuroscience Currently, potential jurors’ racial biases are measured by explicit questioning––a poor measure because people often hide their views to adhere to social norms, and people have implicit views they are not consciously aware of. In this experiment, we investigated whether two alternative methods of…

Posted on November 29, 2011 in Neuroimaging, Uncategorized


“Neuroimage Evidence and the Insanity Defense”

N.J. Schweitzer and Michael J. SaksArizona State University Abstract: The introduction of neuroscientific evidence in criminal trials has given rise to fears that neuroimagery presented by an expert witness might inordinately influence jurors' evaluations of the defendant. In this experiment, a diverse sample of 1,170 community members from throughout the U.S. evaluated a written mock…

Posted on July 15, 2011 in Criminal Law, Neuroimaging, Neurolaw, Neuroscience, Uncategorized


Malintent Detection and the Spectre of Pre-Crime

Nature News has a recent piece on developing technologies for detecting "malintent."  Here is an excerpt: "Planning a sojourn in the northeastern United States? You could soon be taking part in a novel security programme that can supposedly 'sense' whether you are planning to commit a crime. Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST), a US Department…

Posted on May 31, 2011 in Neuroethics, Neuroimaging, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News, Neuroscience, Popular Press, Prediction, Uncategorized