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July 26, 2019

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A)   Recent Neurolaw Publications
B)   Recommended Readings
C)   Job Posting
D)   Useful Resources
E)   Upcoming Brain Death Play


A. Recent Neurolaw Publications

  1.  Miha Hafner, Judging Homicide Defendants by Their Brains: An Empirical Study on the Use of Neuroscience in Homicide Trials in Slovenia , J. L. & Biosciences 1-29 (2019).
  2.  Alexandra L. Foulkes, Takahiro Soda, Martilias Farrell, Paola Giusti-Rodríguez, and Gabriel Lázaro-Muñoz, Legal and Ethical implications of CRISPR Applications in Psychiatry , 97 N.C.L. Rev. 1359 (2019).
  3. Joshua Olmsted, A New Era in Juvenile Sentencing: Why Montgomery, Adolescent Neuroscience, and a Shift in the National Conversation Point Toward a Need for Measure 11 Reform , 23 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 465 (2019).
  4. Randy Papetti, Paige Kaneb, & Lindsay Herf, Outside the Echo Chamber: A Response to the "Consensus Statement on Abusive Head Trauma in Infants and Young Children," 59 Santa Clara L. Rev. 299 (2019).
  5. Peter Pyatigorsky, "Study Drugs": The Mechanisms of ADHD Medications and Their Abuse on College Campuses , 3 Geo. L. Tech. Rev. 476 (2019).
  6. Paola M. Rivera Hernández, Incapacidad Mental por quiste Aracnoideo: Lesión Cerebral en el Lóbulo Frontal como Causa de Inimputabilidad , 88 Rev. Jur. U.P.R. 600 (2019)
  7. Gretchen M. Colón-Fuentes, Teenage Brain Development: Its Impact on Criminal Activity and Trial Sentencing , 88 Rev. Jur. U.P.R. 1062 (2019).
  8. Michelle Ramos Morales,  Neurociencia Y La Capacidad De Consentimiento Sexual Del Menor víctima , 88 Rev. Jur. U.P.R. 1170 (2019).
  9. Julián M. Caraballo Clemente, Las Renuncias Discrecionales de la Jurisdicción del Tribunal de Menores Ante el Desarrollo Cerebral a Temprana Edad , 88 Rev. Jur. U.P.R. 1082 (2019).
  10. Sydney McGregor, Missed the Mark by a Mile , 46 W. St. L. Rev. 155 (2019).
  11. Eric Drogin, Psychologist, Neuropsychologist, Clinical Neuropsychologist: An Expert by Any Other Name , 33-WTR Crim. Just. 43 (2019).
  12. Nicole I. Pittman & Riya Saha Shah, Cruel and Unusual: The Case Against Registering Kids as Sex Offenders , 32-SUM Crim Just. 32 (2017).
  13. Hannah Hayes, Neurolaw: The Intersection of Science and the Law , 25 Perspectives 12 (2017).
  14. Joy Lyngar, Educating Judges at the Intersection of Law and Science , 56 No. 4 Judges' J. 33 (2017).
  15. Deborah Runkle, Neuroscience in the Courtroom and the Classroom , 56 No. 4 Judges' J 27 (2017).
  16. Mary-Margaret Anderson, The Disease of Addiction: Looking for Answers Behind the Numbers , 57 No. 1 Judges' J. 1 (2018).
  17. Lyn Gaudet Kiehl & Jason Kerkmans, Neuroscience: Its Future in TBI Evaluations and Litigation , Expert Witnesses, Spring 2018, at 10.
  18. Kay Elkins Elliott, Neuroscience and Negotiation , 25 Alt. Resol. 16 (2015-2016).
  19. Sergio Nojiri, O Direito e suas Interfaces com a Psicologia e a Neurociência (APPRIS, ed., 2019)


B. Recommended Readings for Those Interested in Machine Learning Algorithms and Pattern Classifiers Used in       fMRI

  1. Kenneth A. Norman, Sean M. Polyn, Greg J. Detre, & James V. Haxby, Beyond Mind-Reading: Multi-Voxel Pattern Analysis of fMRI Data , 10 Trends in Cognitive Sci. 424 (2006).
  2. Frank Tong & Michael S. Pratte, Decoding Patterns of Human Brain Activity , 63 Ann. Rev. of Psychol. 483 (2012).
  3. Thomas Naselaris, Kendrick N. Kay, Shinji Nishimoto, & Jack L. Gallant, Encoding and Decoding in fMRI , 56 Neuroimage 400 (2011).
  4. John-Dylan Haynes, A Primer on Pattern-Based Approaches to fMRI: Principles, Pitfalls, and Perspectives , 87 Primer 257 (2015).
  5. Jesse Rissman & Anthony D. Wagner, Distributed Representations in Memory: Insights from Functional Brain Imaging , 63 Ann. Rev. of Psychol. 101 (2012).


C. Job Posting

Seeking Post-Doc Position in Neurolaw: The prospective applicant seeks a post-doc position in the area of neurolaw. With a PhD in law and neuroscience (with a specific focus on incorporating frontal lobe rehabilitation treatment for impulse-control management in the rehabilitation of criminal offenders in Australia), the applicant is interested in assisting with any current or up-coming research projects at the intersection of law and neuroscience. Collaboration for journal publication is also of interest. Please contact Emma Cooter ( for further information.


D. Useful Resources

Neurosynth : Readers of Neurolaw News may want to check out Neurosynth, a free site claiming to automatically synthesize fMRI data into useful visual images.


E. Upcoming Brain Death Play

Life Support: a comedy-drama that explores issues surrounding brain death through the lens of a judge who must decide whether a girl is legally dead or alive. Written by Martha Bailey and directed by Tim Fort. Performances will occur in Kingston, Ontario throughout July. Please find more information about the play here.



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