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April 21, 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. Carlton Patrick, A New Synthesis for Law and Emotions: Insights from the Behavioral Sciences , 47 Arizona State Law Journal 1239 (2015).

    2. Emilie A. Caspar, Julia F. Christensen, Axel Cleeremans, & Patrick Haggard, Coercion Changes the Sense of Agency in the Human Brain , 26(5) Current Biology 585 (2016).

    3. Chris Willmott, Use of Genetic and Neuroscientific Evidence in Criminal Cases: A Brief History of “Neurolaw” in Biological Determinism, Free Will and Moral Responsibility 41 (2016).

    4. Chris Willmott, Are We Ready for an Expanded Use of Neuroscientific Evidence in the Courtroom? in Biological Determinism, Free Will and Moral Responsibility 65 (2016).

    5. Nicholas Scurich & Paul Appelbaum, The Blunt-Edged Sword: Genetic Explanations of Misbehavior Neither Mitigate Nor Aggravate Punishment , J Law Biosci (2016).

    6. Gabriele Bellucci, Sergey Chernyak, Morris Hoffman, Gopikrishna Deshpande, Olga Dal Monte, Kristine M. Knutson, Jordan Grafman, & Frank Krueger, Effective Connectivity of Brain Regions Underlying Third-Party Punishment: Functional MRI and Granger Causality Evidence , Social Neuroscience (2016).

    7. Hongbo Yu, Jia Li, & Xiaolin Zhou, Neural Substrates of Intention–Consequence Integration and Its Impact on Reactive Punishment in Interpersonal Transgression , 35(12) Journal of Neuroscience 4917 (2015).

    8. Gail B. Murrow & Richard Murrow, A Valid Question: Could Hate Speech Condition Bias in the Brain? J Law Biosci (2016).

    9. Erin D. Bigler, Paul B. Jantz, David Freedman, & George W. Woods, Structural Neuroimaging in Forensic Settings , 84(2) UMKC Law Rev 301 (2015).


B.  Neurolaw Media & News Clippings

  1. “Neuroscience is Changing How and When the Criminal Justice System Punishes Young Adults:” Research Network Members Laurence Steinberg, Elizabeth Scott , and BJ Casey were quoted in a recent Newsweek article on the ways in which neuroscience is influencing criminal justice for young adults.  To read the full article, click here . 

  2.  “The Brain Gets Its Day in Court:” The Atlantic recently published a piece by Greg Miller titled, “The Brain Gets Its Day in Court” which revolves around a new study by Nita Farahany that found that the number of judicial opinions referencing neuroscience as evidence more than doubled between 2005 and 2012.  Research Network Director Owen Jones and Francis Shen ,   Executive Director of Education and Outreach, were quoted.  To read this recent article, click here .

  3. Personal Injury Law and Neuroscience: The ABA Journal recently ran a piece by Kevin Davis titled “Personal Injury Lawyers Turn to Neuroscience to Back Claims of Chronic Pain.”  Hank Greely and Adam Kolber , among others, are cited.  To read the full article, click here .



C.  Conferences & Speaker Series  

    1. Neuroimaging in the Courtroom:  On March 3, 2016, Geoffrey K. Aguirre spoke at the Penn Neuroscience & Society Public Talk Series (2015-2016).  His talk was titled Neuroimaging in the Courtroom: A Perspective From the Witness Stand .  To learn more about this public talk series, click here .
    2. Research Network Director Owen Jones recently gave three Keynote addresses on Law and Neuroscience, as follows:

a) Criminal Law, Justice, and Neuroscience, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Annual Convention , Denver, CO, March 2016


b) Law and Neuroscience: Exploring the Implications, Brain Awareness Week , University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, March 2016


c) Law and Behavior, Past, Present, and Future, Society for Evolutionary Analysis in Law, Annual Scholarship Conference , Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, April 2016


D.  Other Developments  

    1. Dissertation from Italy: Dr. Marie Challita’s dissertation, “The Empathic Brain as the Neural Basis of Moral Behaviour” is now internationally available online here . Chapter 5 of this thesis titled “Legal Perspectives” is likely of particular interest to the neurolaw community.


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