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April 25, 2017 

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. Francis X. Shen, Law and Neuroscience 2.0 , 48 Ariz. L.J. 1043 (2016).
    2. Thackery I. Brown, M.R. Uncapher; T.E. Chow, J.L. Eberhardt. A.D. Wagner, Cognitive Control, Attention, and the Other Race Effect in Memory , 12 PLOS ONE 1 (2017).
    3. Brady Somers, Neuroimaging Evidence: A Solution to the Problem of Proving Pain and Suffering? 39 Seattle Univ. L. Rev. 1391 (2015).     
    4. Patricia J. Zettler, What Lies Ahead for FDA Regulation of tDCS Products? , J.L. & Biosciences 318 (2016).
    5. Nick J. Davis, The Regulation of Consumer tDCS: Engaging a Community of Creative Self-Experimenters , J.L. & Biosciences 304 (2016).        
    6. Khushboo Shah, What's in an Age? Consider the Neuroscience Dimension of Juvenile Law , 26 S. Cal. Interdisc. L.J. 167 (2016).
    7. Giovanna Parmigiani, Gabriele Mandarelli, Gerben Meynan, Lorenzo Tarsitani, Massimo Biondi, & Stefano Ferracuti, Free Will, Neuroscience, and Choice: Towards a Decisional Capacity Model for Insanity Defense Evaluations , 52 Rivista di Psichiatria 9 (2017).        
    8. Brian T.M. Mammarella, An Evidence-Based Objection to Retributive Justice , 16 Yale J. Health Pol'y, L. & Ethics 289 (2016).           
    9. Debra S. Austin & Rob Durr, Emotion Regulation for Lawyers: A Mind Is a Challenging Thing to Tame , 16 Wyoming L. Rev. 387 (2016).
    10. Taylor Adams, The Repercussions of Concussions in Youth Football Leagues: An Analysis of Texas's Concussion Law and Why Reform is Necessary , 18 Scholar: St. Mary's L. Rev. on Race and Soc. Justice 285 (2016).  
    11. David Wastell & Susan White, Blinded by Science: The Social Implications of Epigenetics and Neuroscience (2017). 
    12. Greg Simmons, Free Will and Law: Toward a Pragmatic Approach , 30 Can. J.L. & Jurisprudence 215 (2017).     
    13. Joseph J. Fins, Megan S. Wright, Claudia Kraft, Alix Rogers, Marina B. Romani, Samantha Godwin, & Michael R. Ulrich, Whither the "Improvement Standard"? Coverage for Severe Brain Injury After Jimmo v. Sebelius , 44 J.L. Med. & Ethics 182 (2016).   
    14. Austin McCullough, The Possibilities and Perils of Neuroscience in Criminal Law , 53 Am. Crim. L. Rev. Online 47 (2016).        
    15. Elizabeth E. Bader, The Psychology and Neurobiology of Mediation , 17 Cardozo J. Conflict Resolution 363 (2016).
    16. Yvonne Stedham, The Mindful Judge , Case in Point: The Brain Issue, The Magazine of the National Judicial College, 23 (2016).
    17. Marc Jonathan Blitz, The Fifth Amendment: Self-Incrimination and the Brain in Searching Minds by Scanning Brains (2017).
    18. Marc Jonathan Blitz, Constitutional Puzzles and (Neuro) Technological Changes in Searching Minds by Scanning Brains (2017).
    19. Robert Blakey, Adrian D. Askelund, Matilde Boccanera, Johanna Immonen, Nejc Plohl, Cassandra Popham, Clarissa Sorger, & Julia Stuhlreyer, Communicating the Neuroscience of Psychopathy and Its Influence on Moral Behavior: Protocol of Two Experimental Studies , 8 Frontiers in Psychology 294 (2017).
    20. Wayne R. Barnes, Arrested Development: Rethinking the Contract Age of Majority for the Twenty-First Century Adolescent , 76 Md. L. Rev. 405 (2017).        


B.  Neurolaw Media & News Clippings

1.      NYT Coverage of Network Research on Young Adult Brains: The New York Times recently ran a piece titled “ A California Court for Young Adults Calls on Science,” which highlights Network research on young adult brains.  To read the piece, click here . The NYT also ran an op-ed titled “Crime and the Adolescent Brain” which is available here .


2.      Case in Point: The Brain Issue: The Magazine of The National Judicial College released their annual Case in Point periodical this year with an issue entirely about the brain. Topics include:

  • ·   What Can You See? Promise and Limits of Neuroimaging as Evidence
  • ·   The Aging Brain and Capacity: Misconceptions and Advances
  • ·   The Mindful Judge
  • ·   Procedural Fairness: A Treat for the Brain
  • ·   The Brain Index

This issue is on a timely topic, as more than 1,500 United States judicial opinions issued between 2007 and 2012 cite brain science in some way. To learn more, click here .

 C.  Conferences & Speaker Series


1.      Call for Abstracts: The International Neuroethics Society invites researchers around the world to submit abstracts for presentation at their 2017 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The meeting will feature a wide range of exciting scientific lectures, discussions, and networking opportunities with experts, researchers, and up-and-coming leaders in the field of neuroethics. “Share your neuroethics research with international colleagues who are actively aligning ethics, law, society, and policy with advances in neuroscience. We welcome abstracts of both an empirical and philosophical nature related to the field of neuroethics. Investigators at all career stages are encouraged to submit one or more abstracts.” Submission deadline: June 15, 2017 (5:00 p.m. EDT).  To learn more, click here .


2.      Call for Neuroethics Essays: The International Neuroethics Society is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the 2017 Student/Postdoc Essay Contest in neuroethics. The contest aims to promote interest in neuroethics among students and postdocs early in their academic careers. This year, participants can submit their essays in one of two categories: academic essays and science communication essay. Submission deadline: June 30, 2017 (5:00 p.m. EDT).  View the complete call for essays for more about the available recognitions, opportunities, and the submission process.


3.      Call for Papers: The New Bulgarian University is pleased to announce the topic of the special issue of “Balkan Journal of Philosophy” for 2018: Neurolaw.  The aim of this special issue of Balkan Journal of Philosophy is to investigate the current state of debates on neurolaw and to assess the plausible perspectives for future development of this new and socially significant interdisciplinary area of research. Therefore, we call for papers addressing, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • The current state of neurolaw, and the debates on it, in different countries
  • New promising lines of research in the field of neurolaw
  • The roles of different disciplines in neurolaw (viz. psychology, psychiatry, computer science, social science, philosophy etc.)
  • The main neuroscientific challenges to the traditional legal systems and practices
  • What current legal systems could benefit from neuroscience
  • Types of neuroscientific evidence admissible in court
  • Does law essentially depend on folk-psychological accounts of behavior?
  • Neurolaw, free will and legal responsibility
  • Neurolaw and the mind-brain problem

The submitted papers should not exceed 8,000 words (including the references, the short abstract of about 150 words, and the short list of keywords). The papers should be sent to the journal’s email address at:

The deadline for submission is November 30, 2017.  To read more, click here .


D.  Other Developments

1.      Visit the CNS! The Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania has hosted visitors for periods ranging from a few weeks to a year. Would you like to visit us too? We have beautiful new light-filled office space for up to 3 visitors in the National Historic Landmark Goddard Labs building, designed by early modernist architect Louis Kahn.

Working on a collaborative project with a colleague? Coordinate and visit us together!

Willing to lead a discussion group, teach or contribute in other ways? Stipends are available.

Examples of past visitors and projects include:

-- Michael S. Moore, Charles R. Walgreen, Jr. Chair, Program in Law and Philosophy, University of Illinois, who spent a semester learning about neuroscience in relation to the law and leading a weekly discussion group on his forthcoming book on neuroscience and law
-- Barbara Sahakian, Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Cambridge, who visited twice for weeks-long research collaborations and guest teaching
-- Scott Vrecko, Lecturer in Sociology at King’s College London, who spent a semester here working on research with people and resources available at Penn
-- Anna Wexler, graduate student in Science, Technology and Society, MIT, who spent a year learning about noninvasive brain stimulation in relation to historical and regulatory issues in neurotechnology

We want to help make good scholarship happen in the area of neuroscience and society by offering opportunities for scholars to learn, develop and carry out their research in our community of interdisciplinary scholars and neuroscientists. We also want to enrich our community with a diversity of talented, productive visitors.

If you are interested in visiting, please email Sue Yee Chen at with a CV, a few sentences about your project, including how being at the Penn CNS would be helpful, when you would like to visit and how you envision spending your time. We ask that you send your inquiries at least a few months in advance of your intended visit.


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