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The Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, addresses a focused set of closely-related problems at the intersection of neuroscience and criminal justice: 1) investigating law-relevant mental states of, and decision-making processes in, defendants, witnesses, jurors, and judges; 2) investigating in adolescents the relationship between brain development and cognitive capacities; and 3) assessing how best to draw inferences about individuals from group-based neuroscientific data.
News (February 27, 2017)
A growing body of research has shown
that adolescents are different from adults, not only in their behaviors, but also in the ways their brains function. These findings have influenced the adoption of a range of developmentally-informed justice policies. Now research is beginning to identify differences in the brains of young adults, aged 18 to 21, suggesting that they too may be immature in ways that are relevant to justice policy. Learn more about what happens to the brain during young adulthood and the implications of ongoing brain development for juvenile justice and policy in our latest knowledge brief, How Should Justice Policy Treat Young Offenders? View and download here: