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February 25, 2016

This message brings news about:

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


A.  Recent or Forthcoming Neurolaw Publications  

    1. Jesse Rissman, Tiffany E. Chow, Nicco Reggente, & Anthony D. Wagner, Decoding fMRI Signatures of Real-world Autobiographical Memory Retrieval , 28(4) Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 1 (2016).

    2. Erica Beecher-Monas & Edgar Garcia-Rill, Overselling Images: fMRI and the Search for Truth , 48 J. Marshall L. Rev. 651 (2015).

    3. J. Sherrod Taylor, Neurolaw and Traumatic Brain Injury: Principles for Trial Lawyers , 84(2) UMKC Law Rev 397 (2015).

    4. Jasper L. Tran & Derek Tri Tran, (De)Regulating Neuroenhancement , 37 La Verne Law Review 179 (2015).

    5. Stephen J. Morse, Neuroprediction: New Technology, Old Problems , 8 Bioethica Forum 128 (2015).

    6. Adam J. Kolber, Two Views of First Amendment Thought Privacy , University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law (forthcoming).

    7. Michael L. Perlin & Alison J. Lynch, ‘In the Wasteland of Your Mind’: Criminology, Scientific Discoveries and the Criminal Process , Virginia Journal of Criminal Law (forthcoming).

    8. Elisabetta Sirgiovanni, Gilberto Corbellini, & Cinzia Caporale, A Recap on Italian Neurolaw: Epistemological and Ethical Issues , Mind & Society 1 (2016).

    9. Georgia-Martha Gkotsi & Jacques Gasser, Critique de l'utilisation des neurosciences dans les expertises psychiatriques pénales: le cas de la responsabilité pénale (Critique of the use of neuroscience in forensic psychiatric assessments: The case of criminal responsibility) , L’Evolution Psychiatrique (2015).

    10. Ewout H. Meijer, Bruno Verschuere, Matthias Gamer, Harald Merckelbach, & Gershon Ben-Shakhar, Deception Detection with Behavioral, Autonomic, and Neural Measures: Conceptual and Methodological Considerations That Warrant Modesty , Psychophysiology 1 (2016).

    11. Georgia-Martha Gkotsi, Une «neuro-jurisprudence» émergente : quelques cas aux Etats Unis in “Droit pénal et nouvelles technologies” 81-100, Editions L’Harmattan (2014).


B.  Neurolaw Media & News Clippings

    1. Yaffe New York Times Op-Ed:  Research Network Member Gideon Yaffe penned an op-ed titled “A Republican Crime Proposal That Democrats Should Back” which ran in The New York Times recently.  To read the full piece which addresses mens rea and criminal convictions, click here . 

    2. Buckholtz listed among 2015 APS Rising Stars:  Research Network Scholar Joshua W. Buckholtz has been designated as one of the 2015 Rising Stars by the Association for Psychological Science.  This designation “recognizes outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions.” To access the full list of 2015 APS Rising Stars, click here .


C.  Conferences & Speaker Series  

    1. The Neuroscientific Challenge Agency & Responsibility:  Research Network Member Stephen J. Morse will speak at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Neuroscience & Public Policy seminar series on March 11, 2016.  The title of the talk is “The Neuroscientific Challenge Agency & Responsibility”  To learn more, click here .

    2. Mortimer D. Sackler, M.D. Summer Institute:  Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City; July 11-15, 2016 -- The 2016 Mortimer D. Sackler, M.D. Summer Institute will be held on Manhattan’s beautiful Upper East Side and will be directed by Dr. BJ Casey and Ali Cohen of the Sackler Institute at Weill Cornell Medical College. This year’s course will focus on law and neuroscience specifically as it relates to juvenile justice reform, racial bias and lie detection. Participants will benefit from lectures and from direct interactions with neuroscientists, psychologists and legal scholars during both social and scientific events scheduled each day. The course is directed at graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Room and partial board will be provided for the attendees through the generous support of the Mortimer D. Sackler, M.D. family. Applications are due on April 30, 2016. For more information on speakers and how to apply, please click here


D.  Other Developments  

    1. Researcher Seeking Post-Doc Position: Georgia-Martha Gkotsi is a researcher, currently based at the Institute of Forensic Psychiatry of Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland. Georgia Gkotsi recently completed her PhD, with a dissertation on “Neuroscience in the courtroom: from responsibility to dangerousness,” at the University of Lausanne. Having previously conducted research for Ethos - the interdisciplinary ethics platform of the University of Lausanne and the National Hellenic Bioethics Commission, her current research involves U.S. and European criminal case law analysis in which neuroimaging evidence was introduced. Dr. Gkotsi also holds a law degree from the University of Athens, Greece and two Master degrees in Philosophy of Law-Bioethics and in Comparative Law from the Universities of Athens, Greece and Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne, respectively. Her general research interests include the relation between law, ethics, behavioural science, and new technologies. She is particularly interested in mental health law ethics and neurolaw, with emphasis on the impact of neuroscientific evidence in risk assessment and sentencing. Dr. Gkotsi would be highly interested in expanding her research and welcomes postdoctoral and research opportunities positions/fellowships in the broader field of neurolaw.  Dr. Gkotsi can be reached via email at and

    2. Dissertation from Australia: Dr. Emma Cooter’s dissertation, ‘NeuroDiversion’: Incorporating Frontal Lobe Rehabilitation Treatment for Impulse-Control Management in the Rehabilitation of Criminal Offenders in Australia is now internationally available online via Bond University.  This thesis examines the juristic and practical implications of frontal lobe rehabilitation treatment for impulse-control management in the rehabilitation of criminal offenders in Australia, with a view to achieving an overall reduction in crime. Based on the prevalence of poor impulse-control among criminal offenders, the treatment allows users to manage their prefrontal cortex, which specializes in long-term decision-making and impulse-control. ‘NeuroDiversion’ is proffered as a means to enhance the rehabilitative ideal of therapeutic jurisprudence by bolstering the rehabilitative efforts of courts, enhancing the opportunities for more informed sentencing, counselling and rehabilitation of offenders, and ultimately increasing the likelihood of prison-avoidance in support of productive societal reintegration.  The thesis is available here .



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