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April 18, 2018

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A) Recent or Forthcoming Neurolaw Publications

B) Neurolaw Media & News Clippings

C) Conferences & Speaker Series

 A.    Recent or Forthcoming Neurolaw Publications                       

  1. Michael S. Pardo, Lying, Deception, and fMRI: A Critical Update, Neurolaw and Responsibility for Action , in Neurolaw and Responsibility for Action: Concepts, Crimes, and Courts (Bebhinn Donnelly-Lazarov ed., 2018).
  2.  Mark Bartholomew, Neuromarks , Minn. L. Rev. (Forthcoming 2018).
  3.  Natalie Gordon & Edie Greene, Nature, nurture, and capital punishment: How evidence of a genetic–environment interaction, future dangerousness, and deliberation affect sentencing decisions , 36 Behav. Sci. L. 65 (2018).
  4. Barry C. Feld, Punishing Kids in Juvenile and Criminal Courts , Crime & Just. (Forthcoming 2018).
  5. Licurgo Mourao, Neuroscience: A New Model for Anticorruption Policies? (Jan. 16, 2018) .
  6. Mark J. Van Ryzin, Diana Fishbein, & Anthony Biglan, The Promise of Prevention Science for Addressing Intergenerational Poverty , 24 Psychol. Pub. Pol'y & L. 128 (2018).
  7.  Mark. R. Fondacaro, Rethinking the Voluntary Act Requirement: Implications from Neuroscience and Behavioral Science Research , Behav. Sci. L. (Forthcoming 2018).
  8. Joy Radice, The Juvenile Record Myth , 106 Geo. L.J. 365 (2018).
  9. Michael N. Schmitt & Chad E. Highfill, Invisible Injuries: Concussive Effects and International Humanitarian Law , 9 Harv. Nat'l Sec. J. 72 (2018).
  10. Brooke Troutman, A More Just System of Juvenile Justice: Creating a New Standard of Accountability for Juveniles in Illinois , 108 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 197 (2018).
  11. Philip Robbins & Paul Litton, Crime, Punishment, and Causation: The Effect of Etiological Information on the Perception of Moral Agency , 24 Psychol. Pub. Pol'y & L. 118 (2018).
  12. Frederica Coppola, Mapping the Brain to Predict Antisocial Behavior: New Frontiers in Neurocriminology, 'New' Challenges for Criminal Justice , 1 UCL J. L. & Juris. 103 (2018).
  13. Jessica M. Kiser, Brandright , 70 Ark. L. Rev. 489 (2017).
  14. Alan Calnan, Beyond Jurisprudence , 27 S. Cal. Interdisc. L.J. 1 (2017).


B.     Neurolaw Media & News Clippings

  1. Neuroscience at the U.S. Supreme Court: A petition for writ of certiorari for the case of Wessinger v. Vannoy was recently denied, but Justice Sotomayor issued a dissenting opinion where she took issue with the fact that the jury sentenced Petitioner Todd Wessinger to death but “was never presented with significant mitigation evidence that may have convinced its members to spare his life. For instance, Wessinger suffers from a major neurocognitive disorder that compromises his decisionmaking abilities. As a child, he experienced a stroke in his left frontal lobe that affected how the left and right sides of his brain communicate. He also suffered from childhood seizures, and he has a hole in the area of his brain associated with executive functioning that resulted from some form of cerebrovascular illness.” 
  2. Laurence Steinberg, When can you buy a gun, vote or be sentenced to death? Science suggests US should revise legal age limits , The Conversation (Mar. 5, 2018).
  3. Dina Fine Maron, "My Brain Made Me Do It" Is Becoming a More Common Criminal Defense , Sci. Am. (Mar. 5, 2018).


C.    Conferences & Speaker Series

  1.   Neurolaw Workshop on June 6th: Nottingham Trent University is hosting a workshop on issues relating to neuroscientific evidence that will feature a neurologist, expert witness, and legal academic specializing in law and neuroscience. The event will also explore these issues within the context of British courts. To attend, please send an email to:
  2.   “Lie Detection in the Courtroom” on April 19: Dr. Francis X. Shen will be examining the promises and limitations of the emerging field of neurolaw, and the ways in which neuropsychiatric evidence is being proffered as evidence in criminal and civil contexts. Click here for more information.
  3.   Harvard Law School Conference on April 27th: This half-day event about “Our Aging Brains: Decision-Making, Fraud, and Undue Influence” brings experts in medicine, science, and law to explore the neuroscience, psychology, and legal doctrine of financial decision-making in older adults. Click here to register.
  4. Self-Radicalization and Lone-Wolf Terrorism Symposium: University of Cincinnati Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry is hosting this all-day symposium on April 13, 2018 at the College of Law. The symposium features experts from around the country that will provide insight into what triggers a person to move from hateful thoughts to actual violence, and how to manage potential threats by working with the justice system. Click here to register and for more information.
  5.   Law and Neuroscience Speaker Series 2018 at Fordham Law School: The Fordham Law School Series on Law and Neuroscience brings together leading neuroscientists, psychologists, medical researchers, and lawyers to discuss new research and ideas. The workshops are held on Tuesdays from 10:30 am. – 12:30 pm. Click here for more information, and please contact Deborah W. Denno at to attend.
  6.   17th Summer and International Refresher Course in Bioethics: Human Enhancement: Bioethical Challenges of Emerging Technologies will be held from July 9–13 in Rome, Italy. This interdisciplinary course will delve into the purposes and implications of human enhancement technologies. For further info email
  7.   Neuroscience & Public Policy Seminar: University of Wisconsin Neuroscience & Public Policy graduate student Sara Heyn presented Transformation of the Juvenile Criminal Justice System is on the Horizon: How Developmental Neuroscience and Local Policy Support Official Federal Reform on March 15th. Her talk delved into what developmental neuroscience has concluded about adolescent brains, and ultimately provided a big-picture proposal of a new restorative system based upon current local and international models of juvenile justice.



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