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September 3, 2014

The new book “Law and Neuroscience” is now published and available.  

A website describing the book, with reviews from prominent neuroscientists and legal scholars, appears here.

A brief description of the book – as well as a Sample Chapter, and a Summary Table of   Contents – has been posted here.   

If you are interested in requesting an examination copy of the book, please contact the publisher directly by e-mail (legaledu@wolterskluwer.com) or by phone (800-950-5259). 

The book can be purchased from Amazon here

LawNeuroCoursebook 

Designed for use in both law schools and beyond, the book provides user-friendly introductions, as well as detailed explorations, of the many current and emerging issues at the intersection of law and neuroscience.

One part of the book lays general foundations by exploring the relationships between law and science generally, and by comparing the views from law and from neuroscience regarding behavior and responsibility. A later part explains the basics of brain structure and function, the methods for investigating each, and both the promise and the limitations of modern neuroscience technologies.

Core themes the book addresses include new law/neuroscience issues pertaining to: brain injuries, pain and distress, memory, emotions, lie detection, judging, adolescence, addiction, and brain death. Closing units explore current and coming legal issues surrounding cognitive enhancement, brain-machine interfaces, and artificial intelligence. The materials also consider: international neurolaw, psychopathy, decision-making, mental health, the aging brain, the veteran’s brain, behavioral genetics, prediction of future dangerousness, and neuroethics. Given the scope and nature of coverage, the book is designed to serve both as a coursebook and as a reference text for judges, practicing attorneys, and scholars interested in law and neuroscience.

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