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April 1, 2013

This message brings news about:

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

A.  Recent Developments

1. Brain Scans and Criminal Reoffending: Nature and Wired both recently published news stories about a forthcoming study, supported in part by the Law and Neuroscience Project, on Neuroprediction  of Future Rearrest in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The paper’s abstract states:

“Identification of factors that predict recurrent antisocial behavior is integral to the social sciences, criminal justice procedures, and the effective treatment of high-risk individuals. Here we show that error-related brain activity elicited during performance of an inhibitory task prospectively predicted subsequent rearrest among adult offenders within 4 y of release (N = 96). The odds that an offender with relatively low anterior cingulate activity would be rearrested were approximately double that of an offender with high activity in this region, holding constant other observed risk factors. These results suggest a potential neurocognitive biomarker for persistent antisocial behavior.”

The authors are Eyal Aharoni, Gina M. Vincent, Carla L. Harenski, Vince D. Calhoun, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Michael S. Gazzaniga, and Kent A. Kiehl.

The Nature  article can be accessed here:

The Wired article can be accessed here:

2. Network Member Announcement: Jenn Richeson – The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience is delighted to announce that Dr. Jennifer Richeson has accepted an invitation to join the Research Network as a Member.  Dr. Richeson is Professor of Social Psychology at Northwestern University.  Her faculty webpage is here:      

B.  Recent or Forthcoming Neurolaw Publications

    1. Kent A. Kiehl & Walter P. Sinnott-Armstrong, Handbook of Psychopathy and Law, Oxford Series in Neuroscience, Law, and Philosophy (2013). 
    2. Adina L. Roskies, N.J. Schweitzer, and Michael J. Saks, Neuroimages in Court: Less Biasing than Feared , 17 Trends in Cognitive Sciences 99 (2013). 
    3. Shaun Cassin, Eggshell Minds and Invisible Injuries: Can Neuroscience Challenge Longstanding Treatment of Tort Injuries? 50 Hous. L. Rev. 929 (2013).     
    4. Taiki Takahashi, Molecular Neuroeconomics of Crime and Punishment: Implications for Neurolaw, NeuroEndocrinology Letters (2013).  
    5. Elizabeth N. Jones, Questioning a Juvenile's Capacity for Criminal Liability in Street Gangs Post-J.D.B.  v. North Carolina , 32 Children's Legal Rights Journal 1 (2012).        
    6. Adam R. Fox, Trevor H. Kvaran, Reid Griffith Fontaine,  Psychopathy and Culpability: How Responsible Is the Psychopath for Criminal Wrongdoing? 38 Law & Soc. Inquiry 1 (2013). 
    7. Spencer J. Brooks, Scanning the Horizon: The Past, Present, and Future of Neuroimaging for Lie Detection in Court.  51 U. Louisville L. Rev. 353 (2013). 
    8. Clare Huntington, Neuroscience and the Child Welfare System . 21 J.L. & Pol’y 37 (2012). 
    9. Robert P. Mosteller, Evidence History, the  New Trace Evidence, and Rumblings in the Future of Proof ,  3 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 523 (2006). 
    10. Sara Whitaker, Steven Lubet, Clarence Darrow,  Neuroscientist: What Trial Lawyers Can Learn from Decision Science .  36 Am. J. Trial Advoc. 61 (2012). 
    11. Major Jason M. Elbert, A Mindful Military: Linking Brain and Behavior through Neuroscience at Court-Martial. 2012-SEP  Army Law. 4 (2012). 
    12. Zen Faulkes, Can Brain Imaging Replace Interrogation and  Torture? 6 Global Virtue Ethics Review 55  (2011).        
    13. Randi. W. Singer Weil, Neuromarketing for Lawyers, 1083 PLI/Pat 771 (2012). 
    14. Jessica N. Link, Martha Kropf, Mark Alexander Hirsch,  Flora M. Hammond, Jason Karlawish, Lisa Schur, Douglas Kruse, Christine  S. Davis, Assessing Voting  Competence and Political Knowledge: Comparing Individuals with Traumatic  Brain Injuries and “Average” College Students , 11 Election       L.J. 52 (2012). 
    15. David Barnhorn, Joey E. Pegram, Speak the Truth and Tell  No Lies: An Update for the Employee Polygraph Protection Act .   29 Hofstra Lab. & Emp. L.J. 141 (2011). 
    16. Susan A. Bandes, Moral Imagination and  Judging , 51 Washburn L.J. 1 (2011).

C.  Neurolaw Media & News Clippings

1. “World's most detailed scans will reveal how brain  works” – On March 5, 2013, BBC News       published this piece by science correspondent, Pallab Ghosh.  The  piece outlines recent scientific publications of the most detailed brain scans "the world has ever seen" as part of a project to understand brain function.  To access the article, visit:      

D.  Conferences & Speaker Series  

    1. Models of the Mind: How Neuroscience, Psychology, and  Law Collide:  This panel       interdisciplinary will take place on April 25, 2013 at 6pm in Harvard  Medical School’s Joseph Martin Amphitheater.  The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Law,   Brain & Behavior will join with the Northeastern University’s Affective Science Institute  to host this panel from neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and the  law.  To learn more, visit:       
    2. Neuroscience and the Law:  The American Association for the Advancement of  Science, the Dana Foundation, the International Neuroethics Society, and  the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience will partner for this Neuroscience and Society series as part of the AAAS       Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program.  The event will take place on April 25, 2013.  To learn more, visit:       
      For an event flyer, visit: /_resources/pdf/InvitationApril%2025_NeuroscienceLaw.pdf       
    3. The 2013 Law & Science Young Scholars Informal  Symposium will take place on June 18,       2013 at the University of Pavia (Italy) via an initiative of the European Centre for Law,  Science and New Technologies (ECLT).  The symposium aims to provide a forum for post-graduate scholars, PhD students and early-career researchers working in the area of Law & Science.  To access the call for abstracts, visit:       
      For additional information about the symposium, visit:,-18-june-2013.html 
    4. The European Association for Neuroscience and Law (EANL) will host their Annual Meeting on September 9-10, 2013 in Bonn, Germany.  To learn more about EANL, you can read their mission statement here:


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Owen D. Jones
New York Alumni Chancellor's Chair in Law
Professor of Biological Sciences 
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