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New Publication: Predicting the Knowledge-Recklessness Distinction in the Human Brain

Iris Vilares, Michael Wesley, Woo-Young Ahn, Richard J. Bonnie, Morris B. Hoffman, Owen D. Jones, Stephen J. Morse, Gideon Yaffe, Terry Lohrenz, & Read Montague, Predicting the Knowledge-Recklessness Distinction in the Human Brain , Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). Abstract:  Criminal convictions require proof that a prohibited act was performed in a…

Posted on April 1, 2017 in Neuroimaging, Neurolaw, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers


How Should Justice Policy Treat Young Offenders?

Our just-released knowledge brief, How Should Justice Policy Treat Young Offenders?, details the latest research and policy advances related to adolescent and young adult brain development. The justice system in the United States has long recognized that juvenile offenders are not the same as adults, and has tried to incorporate those differences into law and…

Posted on March 1, 2017 in Adolescents, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers


Lie Detection Brief

The Research Network is pleased to announce the release of a new brief, fMRI and Lie Detection. Some studies have reported the ability to detect lies, with a high degree of accuracy, by analyzing brain data acquired using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). But is this new technology ready for its day in court? The…

Posted on December 8, 2016 in Education, Lie Detection, Neuroimaging, Neurolaw, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers, 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 20, 2016 in Addiction, Adolescents, Around the Web, Books, Calls for Papers, Conferences and Events, Criminal Law, Education, Lie Detection, Neuroethics, Neuroimaging, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News, Neuroscience, Prediction, Psychopathy, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers, Uncategorized


Network Publication on Third-Party Punishment

A just-published study by a Research Network team used fMRI brain-scanning techniques to identify and dissociate the four different patterns of brain activities involved in: 1.     Evaluating the mental state of a defendant 2.     Evaluating the harm the defendant caused 3.     Integrating mental state and harm information 4.     Deciding a punishment amount The work – published as…

Posted on September 22, 2016 in Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neuroimaging, Neurolaw, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers, Uncategorized


New York Times Op-Ed: “Don’t Treat Young Adults as Teenagers”

The New York Times recently published an op-ed authored by Laurence Steinberg, Thomas Grisso, Elizabeth S. Scott, and Richard J. Bonnie.  The piece, titled “Don’t Treat Young Adults as Teenagers” addresses the treatment of young adult offenders in the justice system. To read the full op-ed, visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/opinion/sunday/dont-treat-young-adults-as-teenagers.html http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/opinion/sunday/dont-treat-young-adults-as-teenagers.html

Posted on May 2, 2016 in Adolescents, Criminal Law, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers, Uncategorized


“Neuroscience and the Law: Don’t Rush In”

Hon. Jed S. Rakoff recently authored an article via The New York Review of Books titled “Neuroscience and the Law: Don’t Rush In.” To read the full article, visit: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2016/05/12/neuroscience-and-the-law-dont-rush-in/?sub_key=571a566a569d4

Posted on April 27, 2016 in Around the Web, Criminal Law, Lie Detection, Neurolaw, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers, 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 April 19, 2016 in Addiction, Adolescents, Books, Calls for Papers, Conferences and Events, Criminal Law, Education, Free Will, Lie Detection, Mental Illness, Moral and Legal Responsibility, Neuroethics, Neuroimaging, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News, Neuroscience, Popular Press, Prediction, Psychopathy, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers, Uncategorized


When Is an Adolescent an Adult?

A team led by Research Network Member BJ Casey recently published an article in Psychological Science titled “When Is an Adolescent an Adult? Assessing Cognitive Control in Emotional and Nonemotional Contexts.” Abstract: An individual is typically considered an adult at age 18, although the age of adulthood varies for different legal and social policies. A…

Posted on March 8, 2016 in Adolescents, Neurolaw, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers, Uncategorized


The Brain Gets Its Day in Court

The Atlantic recently published a piece by Greg Miller titled, “The Brain Gets Its Day in Court” which revolves around a “…new study [which] found that the number of judicial opinions referencing neuroscience as evidence more than doubled between 2005 and 2012.” To read this recent article, visit: http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/03/neurolaw-brain-scans-court/471615/

Posted on March 3, 2016 in Around the Web, Neurolaw, Neuroscience, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers, Uncategorized