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June 5, 2014

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. Michael Dreyfuss, Kristina Caudle, Andrew T. Drysdale, Natalie E. Johnston, Alexandra O. Cohen, Leah H. Somerville, Adriana Galván, Nim Tottenham, Todd A. Hare, B.J. Casey, Teens Impulsively React rather than Retreat from Threat , Dev. Neurosci. (2014).
    2. Jesper Ryberg, When Should Neuroimaging Be Applied in the Criminal Court? On Ideal Comparison and the Shortcomings of Retributivism , 18(2) J. Ethics (2014).
    3. Neil Levy, Is Neurolaw Conceptually Confused? , 18(2) J. Ethics (2014).
    4. Jesper Ryberg, Neuroscience and Criminal Justice: Introduction , 18(2) J. Ethics (2014).
    5. Thomas Douglas, Criminal Rehabilitation: Through Medical Intervention Moral Liability and the Right to Bodily Integrity 18(2) J. Ethics (2014).
    6. Thomas Søbirk Petersen, (Neuro)prediction, Dangerousness, and Retributivism 18(2) J. Ethics (2014).
    7. Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Neuroprediction, Truth-Sensitivity, and the Law 18(2) J. Ethics (2014).
    8. Walter Glannon, The Limitations and Potential of Neuroimaging in the Criminal Law 18(2) J. Ethics (2014).
    9. Jesper Ryberg, Punishing Adolescents – On Immaturity and Diminished Responsibility , Neuroethics (2014).
    10. Erik Parens & Josephine Johnston, Neuroimaging: Beginning to Appreciate Its Complexities , 44(s2) Hastings Center Report S2 (2014).
    11. Geoffrey K. Aguirre, Functional Neuroimaging: Technical, Logical, and Social Perspectives , 44(s2) Hastings Center Report S8 (2014).
    12. Martha J. Farah, Brain Images, Babies, and Bathwater: Critiquing Critiques of Functional       Neuroimaging , 44(s2) Hastings Center Report S19 (2014).
    13. Helen S. Mayberg, Neuroimaging and Psychiatry: The Long Road from Bench to Bedside , 44(s2) Hastings Center Report S31 (2014).
    14. Erik Parens, Living with the Ancient Puzzle , 44(s2) Hastings Center Report S50 (2014).
    15. Michelle L. West, Victoria Z. Lawson, & Jillian Grose-Fifer, The Effect of Electrophysiological Neuroscientific Deception Detection Evidence on Juror Judgments in a Criminal Trial , 36(2) Basic and Applied Social Psychology 133 (2014).
    16. Laura Cohen, Freedom's Road:  Youth, Parole, and the Promise of Miller v. Alabama and Graham v. Florida , 35 Cardozo L. Rev. 1031 (2014).
    17. Ellen Koenig, A Fair Trial:  When the Constitution Requires Attorneys to Investigate Their Clients' Brains 41 Fordham Urb. L.J. 177 (2014).
    18. Kevin W. Saunders, The Role of Science in the Supreme Court's Limitations of Juvenile Punishment , 46 Tx. Tech. L. Rev. 339 (2014).
    19. Kristina E. Donahue, Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and the Law Today: The Brain is Reliable as a Mitgating Factor, but Unreliable as an Aggravating Factor or as a Method of Lie Detection , 42 U. Balt. L. Rev. 857 (2014).
    20. Erin L. Sheley, Rethinking Injury: The Case of Informed Consent , BYU L. Rev. (2014, Forthcoming).
    21. Dov Fox, Neuro-Voir Dire and the Architecture of Bias , 65 Hastings L.J. 101 (Forthcoming 2014).
    22. Dov Fox & Alex Stein, Dualism and Doctrine , 90 Indiana Law Journal (2015).     
    23. Cope, L.M., Ermer, E., Gaudet, L.M., Steele, V.R., Eckhardt, A.L., Arbabshirani, M.R., Caldwell, M.F., Calhoun, V.D., & Kiehl, K.A., Abnormal Brain Structure in Youth who Commit Homicide , NeuroImage:  Clinical (2014).
    24. Michael S. Pardo & Dennis Patterson, Minds, Brains, and Law: The Conceptual Foundations of Law and Neuroscience , Oxford University Press (2013).  Review.
    25. Paul Litton, Is Psychological Research on Self-Control Relevant to Criminal Law? , Law & Neuroscience eJournal, Ohio State J. of Crim. L., Forthcoming (2014).

B.  Neurolaw Media & News Clippings

  1. Congratulations to Marcus E. Raichle, 2014 Kavli Prize Recipient:  Marcus E. Raichle  -- Professor of Radiology, Neurology, and Anatomy and Neurobiology at Washington University School of Medicine, and a Member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience -- was recently awarded one of this year’s Kavli prizes.  The three winners in the category of neuroscience, in which Dr. Raichle is included, were lauded for advancing “the understanding of memory and cognition by discovering and exploring specialized networks and regions in the brain.”  The The New York Times report is here.  And the Kavli announcement is here:
  2. Owen D. Jones receives Distinguished University Professor Award:  Owen D. Jones – Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Professor of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University, and Director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience – was awarded Vanderbilt’s 2014 Joe B. Wyatt Distinguished University Professor Award.  The award goes to one faculty member of the university, annually, for “accomplishments that span multiple academic disciplines.”  The announcement is here:
  3. Dov Fox recently spoke at Yale Law School’s Information Science Project.  Prof. Fox presented on subversive science, exploring the extent to which widespread knowledge of consciousness experiments in cognitive neuroscience shapes public understandings of legal responsibility.  Click here for more       information about the talk and here for video footage.
  4. An article titled “Concussion Cases Inspire New Course at George Washington’s Law School” was recently published in The New York Times.  The article discusses Michael Kaplen’s course which combines brain anatomy with legal theory and practical application. 
  5. End Mass Incarceration Now,” an editorial which appeared in The New York Times on May 24, called for a stop to large scale incarceration. The editorial was based on results from a two-year, 464-page study titled “The Growth of Incarceration in the United States,” by the National Research Council which examined research and analysis of the dramatic rise of incarceration rates and its effects. The study recommended reducing sentence lengths, providing opportunities for rehabilitation inside prison, assisting prisoners in the rejoining of society, using alternatives to imprisonment for non-violent offenders, and releasing elderly and ill prisoners who are the least likely to re-offend.
    Read the New York Times article.
    Read the National Research Council study. 
  6. Military Funds Brain-Computer Interfaces to Control Feelings,” an article in MIT Tech Review discussed the $70 million program funded by the U.S. military to create brain implants which read, and then control the emotions of patients suffering from seven psychiatric conditions, including addiction, depression, and borderline personality disorder.  The new research aims to “understand the brain networks [in] neuropsychiatric illness, develop technology to measure them, and then do precision signaling to the brain.”  Read more.

C.  Conferences & Speaker Series

    1. Call for Student Papers:  Georgia State University and the Atlanta Neuroethics Consortium will host Neuro-Interventions and the Law: Regulating Human Mental Capacity on September 12 – 14, 2014 at Georgia State University.  Key note presenters include Nita Farahany (Duke) and Research Network member, Stephen J. Morse (University of Pennsylvania).  Additional presenters include Network member Judge Andre Davis (4th Circuit Court of Appeals) and Education & Outreach Executive Director, Francis Shen (University of Minnesota).  The primary theme of this conference will focus on ethical and regulatory dilemmas that arise from the use of direct brain interventions.  A special student poster session and reception will be held the evening of September 12, 2014.  Students are invited to submit an abstract, maximum 750 words, for poster presentation.  In keeping with the interdisciplinary aim of the conference, proposals may come from students in law, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, policy and other related disciplines.  Submissions should be emailed in PDF format to by Friday, June 20, 2014.  Please visit for more information on conference themes, headlined speakers and registration. 
    2. On June 2-3 the University of Wisconsin-Madison Neuroscience & Public Policy Program in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin Law School hosted a Neuroscience for Judges Workshop sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

D.  Other Developments

    1. The Center for Law, Brain & Behavior has launched Working Groups on Juvenile Justice and Pain & Suffering.  “With support from the Harvard Mind Brain Behavior Initiative, these groups represent CLBB's ventures into pain & suffering and juvenile justice as ongoing program areas.” CLBB Faculty members Lisa Feldman Barrett, David Borsook, and Amanda Pustilnik will make up the Pain & Suffering working group.  Eugene Beresin, Thomas Grisso, Leah Somerville, and Gina Vincent are the members of the Juvenile Justice working group.  Learn more here.
    2. CLBB and Harvard Law School announce "Joint Venture in Law and Neuroscience":  Beginning Fall 2014, CLBB and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School will launch a joint "Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience." The collaboration, which will extend through 2016, will include a Senior Fellow-in-residence, research and public symposia devoted to a specific issue at the intersection of neuroscience and law, and a Law and Neuroscience Seminar taught at Harvard Law School by the Hon. Nancy GertnerAmanda Pustilnik, JD will be the Project's first fellow, in 2014-2015, focusing on scholarship on the role of pain in legal domains.  Learn more here.
    3. The Stanford Neurosciences Institute launched the Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society (SPINS), a multidisciplinary initiative to study how neuroscience affects society, and to bring       neuroscientists knowledge of human behavior and cognition from scholars in law, education and business. Through SPINS, SNI will create cooperative dialogue and partnership between these disciplines. After all, our nervous systems evolved to produce behavior, which neuroscience seeks to explain. SPINS will be based in the Stanford Law School and directed by law professor Hank Greely. Anthony D. Wagner, professor of psychology and neuroscience and member of the Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, will be the deputy director.  Read more.

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