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MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience


June 23, 2015

This message brings news about:

A) Recent or Forthcoming Neurolaw Publications
B) Neurolaw Media & News Clippings
C) Conferences & Speaker Series

A.  Recent or Forthcoming Neurolaw Publications  

  1. I. Glenn Cohen, This is Your Brain on Human Rights: Moral Enhancement and Human Rights , 9(1) Law and Ethics of Human Rights 1 (2015). 
  2. Kellie Manders, With a Life on the Line, Emerging Technologies Can Contribute in the Determination of Intellectual Disability in Capital Sentencing , 55(1) Jurimetrics 115 (2014). 
  3. Dan Terzian, The Right to Bear (Robotic) Arms , 117 Penn. St. L. Rev. 755 (2013). 
  4. Deborah W. Denno, The Myth of the Double-Edged Sword: An Empirical Study of Neuroscience Evidence in Criminal Cases , 56 Boston College L. Rev. 493 (2015). 
  5. Sara Gordon, All Together Now: Using Principles of Group Dynamics to Train Better Jurors, 48 IND. L. REV. 415 (2015). 
  6. Jennifer A. Chandler, The Use of Neuroscientific Evidence in Canadian Criminal Proceedings , Journal of Law and the Biosciences (2015). 
  7. Christopher Sundby & Owen Jones, Neuroscience in the Law, 11(2) SCITECH LAWYER 4 (2015). 
  8. Betsy Grey, Gary Marchant, & Cory Tyszka, Biomarkers for Concussion Susceptibility and Effects, 11(2) SCITECH LAWYER 12 (2015). 
  9. Casey Laduke, Emily Haney-Caron, & Christopher Slobogin, The Admissibility of Neuroscience Evidence in Criminal Cases, 11(2) SCITECH LAWYER 18 (2015). 
  10. Peter B. Imrey & A. Philip Dawid, A Commentary on Statistical Assessment of Violence Recidivism Risk , 2(1) Statistics and Public Policy (2015). 
  11. Rebecca Umbach, Colleen M. Berryessa, & Adrian Raine, Brain Imaging Research on Psychopathy: Implications for Punishment, Prediction, and Treatment in Youth and Adults, Journal of Criminal Justice (2015). 
  12. Henry T. Greely, Neuroscience, Mindreading, and the Courts: The Example of Pain , 18(2) Journal of Health Care Law and Policy 171 (2015). 
  13. David Seminowicz, Amanda Pustilnik, & Stephen Rigg, Panel 1: Legal and Neuroscientific Perspectives on Chronic Pain , 18(2) Journal of Health Care Law and Policy 207 (2015). 
  14. Amanda Pustilnik, David Seminowicz, & Stephen Rigg, Panel 2: “Excess” Pain, Hyperalgesia, and the Variability of Subjective Experience , 18(2) Journal of Health Care Law and Policy 237 (2015). 
  15. David Seminowicz, Amanda Pustilnik, & M. Kaylie Gioioso, Panel 3: Chronic Pain, “Psychogenic” Pain, and Emotion , 18(2) Journal of Health Care Law and Policy 275 (2015). 
  16. Amanda Pustilnik, David Seminowicz, & M. Kaylie Gioioso, Panel 4: Translational Expectations and Issues: Making it Work in Practice , 18(2) Journal of Health Care Law and Policy 295 (2015). 
  17. Bernadette McSherry, Decision-Making, Legal Capacity and Neuroscience: Implications for Mental Health Laws , 4 Laws 125 (2015). 
  18. Anita Jwa, Early Adopters of the Magical Thinking Cap: A Study on Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) User Community ,   Journal of Law and the Biosciences (2015). 
  19. Boris Cyrulnik , Le cerveau, nouvel avocat de la justice? 3 Sciences Psy (2015). 
  20. Mark R. Fondacaro, Stephen Koppel, Megan O'Toole, & Joanne Crain, The Rebirth of Rehabilitation in Juvenile and Criminal Justice: New Wine in New Bottles , Ohio North University Law Review (2015). 
  21. Adam Kolber, The Limited Right to Alter Memory , 40 Journal of Medical Ethics 658 (2014). 
  22. Adrian Sgarbi, The Mystery of Freedom and Neurolaw , 6 Beijing Law Review 133 (2015). 
  23. María Isabel González-Tapia & Ingrid Obsuth, “Bad Genes” & Criminal Responsibility , 39 International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 60 (2015). 
  24. Eric C. Chaffee, The Death and Rebirth of Codes of Legal Ethics: How Neuroscientific Evidence of Intuition and Emotion in Moral Decision Making Should Impact the Regulation of the Practice of Law , 28 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 323 (2015). 
  25. Sarah Gregory, R James Blair, Dominic ffytche, Andrew Simmons, Veena Kumari, Sheilagh Hodgins, & Nigel Blackwood, Punishment and Psychopathy: A Case-Control Functional MRI Investigation of Reinforcement Learning in Violent Antisocial Personality Disordered Men , 2(2) The Lancet Psychiatry 153 (2015). 
  26. Karen O'Connell, Bad Boys’ Brains: Law, Neuroscience and the Gender of ‘Aggressive’ Behavior , in Gendered Neurocultures: Feminist and Queer Perspectives on Current Brain Discourses, Zaglossus, Vienna, eds. Sigrid Schmitz and Grit Hoppner (2014). 
  27. Arian Petoft & Ahmed Momeni-rad, Toward Human Behavior Sciences from the Perspective of Neurolaw , 2(2) International Journal Of Public Mental Health And Neurosciences 29 (2015). 
  28. Jenny E. Carroll, Brain Science and the Theory of Juvenile Mens Rea , North Carolina Law Review (forthcoming 2015). 
  29. Stephen McJohn, Some Speculation About Mirror Neurons and Copyright , 14 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 410 (2015). 
  30. Sara B. Johnson & Jay N. Giedd, Normal Brain Development and Child/Adolescent Policy , Handbook of Neuroethics 1721 (2014).         
  31. Gail B. Murrow & Richard Murrow, A Hypothetical Neurological Association between Dehumanization and Human Rights Abuses , Journal of Law and the Biosciences (2015). 
  32. Michael S. Pardo & Dennis Patterson, Symposium on Minds, Brains, and Law: A Reply, Jurisprudence (2015). 
  33. Cheryl B. Preston & Brandon T. Crowther, Legal Osmosis: The Role of Brain Science in Protecting Adolescents , 43 Hofstra Law Review 447 (2014). 
  34. Betsy Grey, The Future of Emotional Harm , 83 Fordham Law Review (2015). 
  35. Mark Fondacaro, Rethinking the Scientific and Legal Implications of Developmental Differences Research in Juvenile Justice , 17 New Crim. L. Rev. 407 (2014). 
  36. Kathleen E. Bachnyski & Daniel S. Goldberg, Youth Sports & Public Health: Framing Risks of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in American Football and Ice Hockey , 42 J.L. MED. & ETHICS 323 (2014). 
  37. Elizabeth Bennion, Banning the Bing: Why Extreme Solitary Confinement Is Cruel and Far Too Usual Punishment , 90 Ind. L.J. 741 (2015). 
  38. Joseph A. Wszalek & Lyn S. Turkstra, Language Impairments in Youths With Traumatic Brain Injury: Implications for Participation in Criminal Proceedings , 30(2) J Head Trauma Rehabil 86 (2015).


B.  Neurolaw Media & News Clippings  

    1. How Do We Hold a Child’s Mind Accountable?:  MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience Member Hon. Morris B. Hoffman recently wrote a commentary piece via The Marshall Project.  The article is titled “How Do We Hold a Child’s Mind Accountable?” and can be accessed here:       
    2. Media Mentions on Adolescent Brains:  Research conducted by MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience Members BJ Casey and Larry Steinberg was highlighted in two different articles.  
      To read “Adolescence and the College Search: A Perfect Match?,” visit:
      To read “Teens' immature brains pose all sorts of dangers,” visit:       
    3. Course on neuroscience and law examines how new scientific developments may affect our legal system:  A course on “Law and Neuroscience” taught at the University of Pennsylvania was recently highlighted in a story published by the Law School.  Offered this past spring for the first time ever, “Law and Neuroscience,” was taught by Stephen J. Morse and Amy Wax.  To read more, visit:       
    4. Flawed Humans, Flawed Justice: The New York Times ran an opinion piece on June 13, 2051 titled “Flawed Humans, Flawed Justice.”  The piece, authored by Adam Benforado, addresses the question, “What would it take to achieve true criminal justice in America?”  Benforado has also recently written a new book titled “Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice.”  To learn more about his book, visit:       

C.  Conferences & Speaker Series  

  1. Visible Solutions: How Neuroimaging Helps Law Re-envision Pain:  On June 30, 2015, the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior will host a day-long, free, public symposium exploring questions such as: Can brain imaging be a “pain-o-meter” that tells courts when a person is in pain?  Can fMRI help us discern whether intractable chronic pain is “all in your head” or all in the brain – or will it require us to reconsider that distinction? To learn more about his event that will bring together leading neuroscientists, legal scholars, and bioethicists, visit:  
  2. Mind and Rights - Neuroscience, Philosophy and the Foundations of Legal Justice: Dr.Matthias Mahlmann will be presenting a plenary lecture on Thursday, July 30 as a part of the XXVII World Congress of the International Association for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR) held July 27-August 1, 2015 in Washington, D.C.  The lecture is titled “Mind and Rights - Neuroscience, Philosophy and the Foundations of Legal Justice” and an abstract of the talk can be accessed here:  
  3. Medicolegal Symposium: Aspects of Neurolaw: This symposium will be held at Edinburgh University on November 13–14, 2015 and aims to provide up-to-date information on the theory and practice of neurolaw including sleep disorders and neuroimaging. The symposium would be of interest to all professionals involved in forensic aspects in this area.  A program of this symposium can be accessed here: 


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