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February, 19, 2013

This message brings news about:

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

A. Neurolaw Media & News Clippings

    1. “Obama Seeking to Boost Study of Human Brain” – Yesterday the New York Times ran this piece by John Markoff describing in more detail the goals of increased brain research that President Obama put forth in last week’s State of the Union address.  To access the article, visit:        
    2. 20 Years of fMRI:  Perspectives on Psychological Science (a publication of the APA) recently highlighted a special section on “20 Years of fMRI” which highlights pieces by MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience Member Anthony Wagner and Senior Consultant Martha Farah.   

B. Conferences & Speaker Series  

    1. The Neuroscience Boot Camp at the University of Pennsylvania will be held from July 29 -      August 7, 2013.  “This year marks the program's fifth anniversary, and we are excited to welcome another diverse and accomplished group of students to Penn in order to explore the basic principles of neuroscience.  Through a combination of lectures, break-out groups, panel discussions and laboratory visits, Boot Camp participants will gain an understanding of the methods of neuroscience and key findings on the cognitive and social-emotional functions of the brain, lifespan development and disorders of brain function.  Our Boot Camp faculty consists of leaders in the fields of cognitive and affective neuroscience, all of who are committed to the goal of educating non-neuroscientists.”
      The deadline to apply is February 22, 2013 .  Stipends are available on application for law professors, lawyers, and others working in legal fields.  For additional information, including       testimonials from Neuroscience Boot Camp alumni and instructions on how to apply, please visit  or contact
    2. The 2013 judicial conference, Colloquium on Law, Neuroscience, and Criminal Justice, will be held at Stanford Law School and the Stanford Park Hotel on March 14-15, 2013.  The event is sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, the Federal Judicial Center, Vanderbilt Law School, Stanford Center for Law and the Bioscience, and the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research.   The conference is closed to the public.
    3. The Future of Law and Neuroscience, sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation Research   Network on Law and Neuroscience, the American Bar Association, Vanderbilt Law School, and the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research, the  ABA Criminal Justice Section and the ABA Science & Technology  Section, will be held on April 27, 2013 at the Conrad Chicago Hotel.  The program will feature a law and neuroscience curriculum specifically designed for lawyers, and will draw on new research from the MacArthur Foundation Research Network.  Due to the heightened       interest in the intersection of law and neuroscience, the conference is now full and registration is closed.  
    4. The Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting in San Francisco, April 13-16, 2013, will include a Mini-Symposium Session on Tuesday, April 16, 1:30 - 3:00 pm on “ Neuroscience and Law: Promise and Perils .”  Speakers will include Francis Shen, Anthony Wagner, Martha J. Farah, and BJ Casey.  To read a description of this mini-symposium, visit:       
      To access the entire schedule overview for the CNS Annual Meeting, visit:       
    5. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools:  On January 6, 2013, during the AALS  Annual Meeting in New Orleans, a panel presented Neuroscience & Law: The Science, The Scholarship, The Courtroom, and The Classroom during the Evidence Section Program.  Participants included Emily Murphy (science), Teneille R. Brown (scholarship), Neal Feigenson (courtroom), Francis X. Shen (classroom), and Jane Campbell Moriarty (moderator). 

C. Recent or Forthcoming Neurolaw Publications  

    1. Nicole A. Vincent, Neuroscience and Legal  Responsibility, Oxford University Press       (2013).          
    2. Craig S. Lerner, Sentenced to Confusion: Miller v. Alabama and the Coming Wave of Eighth Amendment Cases , 20 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 25 (2012).           
    3. Terry A. Maroney, Angry Judges , 65 Vand. L. Rev. 1207 (2012).    
    4. James Dungan & Liane Young, Multiple  Moralities:  Tensions and Tradeoffs in Moral Psychology and the Law ,  36 T. Marshall L. Rev. 177 (2011). 
    5. Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff, Crime, Punishment, and the Psychology of Self-Control , 61 Emory L.J. 501 (2012). 
    6. Susan E. Rushing & Daniel D. Langleben, Relative Function:  Nuclear Brain Imaging in United States Courts, 39 J. Psychiatry & L. 567 (2011).     
    7. Kenneth J. Weiss, Head, Examined: Clarence Darrow's X-ray Vision of Criminal Responsibility, 39 J. Psychiatry & L. 627 (2011). 
    8. Frank M. Dattilio, Toward a Good Fit between Forensic Psychiatrists and Psychologists , 39 J.       Psychiatry & L. 689 (2011). 
    9. Brian J. Safran, Juvenile Justice Policy From the Perspective of International Human Rights , 2012       Cardozo L. Rev. 304 (2012). 
    10. Morris B. Hoffman, Problem-Solving Courts and the Psycholegal Error , 160 U. Pa. L. Rev. PENNumbra 129 (2011). 
    11. Robert Luce, Proving a "Mild" Traumatic Brain Injury: A Complex But No Longer Impossible Task , 38 SPG Vt. B.J. 12 (2012). 
    12. Kelline R. Linton, Scholastic Steroids: Is Generation Rx Cognitively Cheating?, 39 Pepp. L. Rev. 989 (2012). 
    13. Thomas Nadelhoffer, Neuroscience, Free Will, Folk Intuitions, and the Criminal Law , 36 T. Marshall L. Rev. 157 (2011).     
    14. Ben Compani, Neurolegislation: Neuro-Tax-Law  And Tax Stress , Outskirts Press (2012). 
    15. Amanda C. Pustilnik & Leslie Meltzer Henry, Introduction: Adolescent  Medical Decision Making and the Law of the Horse , 15 Journal of Health Care Law & Policy 1 (2012).     
    16. Efthimios Parasidis, Justice and Beneficence in Military Medicine and Research , 73 Ohio St. L.J. 723 (2012).                   
    17. Lea B. Vaughn, Feeling at Home: Law, Cognitive Science, and Narrative , 43 McGeorge L. Rev. 999       (2012). 
    18. Jeremy Lack & François Bogacz, The Neurophysiology of  ADR and Process Design:  A New Approach to Conflict Prevention and  Resolution?, 14 Cardozo J. Conflict Resol. 33 (2012).  

D. Other Developments  

    1. Network Member Announcement: Kim Taylor-Thompson – The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience is delighted to announce that Kim Taylor-Thompson has accepted an invitation to join the Research Network as a Member. 

Kim Taylor-Thompson is Professor of Clinical Law at New York University School of Law, and she brings considerable expertise, as well as important skills and perspectives, to our group. 

A short biography of Professor Taylor-Thompson can be accessed here 

And some of her publications here 

    1. International Neurolaw – The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and       Neuroscience has begun compiling international resources on law and neuroscience. Thus far, we have developed databases for international neurolaw publications and resources in Italian, French, and Swiss .  For non-English publication titles, English translations are provided in parentheses, when available.  We welcome information about publications in additional languages. To add to our database of international neurolaw publications, organizations, and resources please email       


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