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July 9, 2018

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A) Recent or Forthcoming Neurolaw Publications

B) Conferences & Speaker Series

C) Looking for Collaborators

 A.    Recent or Forthcoming Neurolaw Publications                       

  1. Kent A. Kiehl, Nathaniel E. Anderson, Eyal Aharoni, J.Michael Maurer, Keith A. Harenski, Vikram Rao, Eric D. Claus, Carla Harenski, Mike Koenigs, Jean Decety, David Kosson, Tor D. Wager, Vince D. Calhoun, & Vaughn R. Steele, Age of gray matters: Neuroprediction of recidivism , 18 NeuroImage: Clinical 813 (2018).
  2. Jessica L. Haushalter, Neuronal Testimonial: Brain-Computer Interfaces and the Law , 71 Vand. L. Rev. 1365 (2018).
  3. Eleanor Kittilstad, Reduced Culpability without Reduced Punishment: A Case for Why Lead Poisoning Should Be Considered a Mitigating Factor in Criminal Sentencing , 108 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 569 (2018).
  4. Amanda NeMoyer, Kent Revisited: Aligning Judicial Waiver Criteria With More Than Fifty Years of Sociel Science Research , 42 Vt. L. Rev. 441 (2018).
  5. Kimberly Papillon, The Neuroscience and Epigenetics of Sexual Harassment: Brain Reactions, Gene Expressions, and the Hostile Work Environment Cause of Action , 7 Tenn. J. Race, Gender, & Soc. Just. 1 (2018).
  6. Arleen Salles, Kathinka Evers, & Michele Farisco, Neuroethics and Philosophy in Responsible Research and Innovation: The Case of the Human Brain Project , Neuroethics (Forthcoming, 2018).
  7. Maria Slater, Note, Is Powell Still Valid? The Supreme Court's Changing Stance on Cruel and Unusual , 104 Va. L. Rev. 547 (2018).
  8. George Maliha, Note, Noncompliant Insanity: Does It Fit Within Insanity? , 41 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 647 (2018).
  9. Drozdstoy St Stoyanov, Psychiatry and Neurolaw , 10 Balkan J. Phil. 27 (2018).
  10. Mari J. Frank, How Neuro-science Can Help Us Transform Conflict into Collaboration , 60 May Orange Cty. L. 48 (2018).
  11. Georgia M. Gkotsi, Jacques Gasser, & Valerie Moulin, Neuroimaging in criminal trials and the role of psychiatrists expert witnesses: A case study , 58 Int'l J. L. & Psychiatry (2018).
  12. Christopher Northtrop & Kristina Rothley Rozan, Kids Will Be Kids: Time for a "Reasonable Child" Standard for the Proof of Objective Mens Rea Elements , 69 Me. L. Rev. 109 (2017).


B.     Conferences & Speaker Series

  1. 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 .
  2.   Ethics, Law, and Technology Conference: Neuroscience & Society is hosting a conference that will investigate the ethical, clinical, legal, and societal implications of a wide range of moral technologies that target factors beyond, as well as within, the brain, in order to observe, explain, and influence human thought and behavior. The conference is on August 24–25, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. Click here for more information.
  3.   Workshop on The Adolescent Brain: Laurence Steinberg is coordinating this workshop addressing various aspects of the adolescent brain including developmental neuroscience, social risk, social-affective engagement, peer effects on risk-taking, transitioning from childhood into adolescence, and neuroscience-based interventions. The workshop takes place September 28th through October 3rd at the Neuroscience School of Advanced Studies in Isola di San Servolo, Venice. Click here for more information.
  4. The Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Concussion: The event will feature diverse perspectives, including from physicians and clinical professionals, about the diagnosis, treatment, and psychological impact of concussion. Litigators in this area will discuss the role of law in protection and prevention. This event will take place on October 17, 2018 at the Fordham Law School, Skadden Conference Center in New York, NY. Click here for more information. 


C.    Looking for Collaborators

From Law Professor Peter Huang


I am interested in collaborating on a longitudinal study to collect and analyze brain structure and function data of law students just before, during, and just after law school. Our hypothesis is that law students experience chronic stress in law school, which impairs character development, (ethical) decision-making, learning, information processing, and wellbeing. Interventions that shift the focus from personal performance goals and towards feeling compassion and empathy could reverse this trend, promoting resilience and ethical, prosocial behavior. Possible interventions include mindfulness and compassion meditation. Please email if you are interested. See pages 147–48 of this reprint for more details:  Can Practicing Mindfulness Improve Lawyer Decision-Making, Ethics, and Leadership? , 55(1)  Hous. L. Rev. 63–154 (2017)


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