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June 6, 2016

This message brings news about:

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



  1. Recent or Forthcoming Neurolaw Publications  


    1. Alexandra O. Cohen, Danielle V. Dellarco, Kaitlyn Breiner, Chelsea Helion, Aaron S. Heller, Ahrareh Rahdar, Gloria Pedersen, Jason Chein, Jonathan P. Dyke, Adriana Galvan, & BJ Casey, The Impact of Emotional States on Cognitive Control Circuitry and Function , 28(3) Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 446 (2016).


    1. Stephen J. Morse, Criminal Law and Common Sense: An Essay on the Perils and Promise of Neuroscience , 99 Marquette L. Rev. 39 (2015).


    1. Jed S. Rakoff, Neuroscience and the Law: Don’t Rush In , The New York Review of Books (May 12, 2016).


    1. A. Zangrossi, S. Agosta, G. Cervesato, F. Tessarotto, & G. Sartori  Zangrossi, “I Didn't Want To Do It!” The Detection of Past Intentions , 9 Front Hum Neurosci. 608 (2015). 


    1. Dennis Patterson, Criminal Law, Neuroscience, and Voluntary Acts , J. Law Biosci (2016). 


    1. Leila Glass, Lara Moody, Jordan Grafman, & Frank Krueger, Neural Signatures of Third-Party Punishment: Evidence from Penetrating Traumatic Brain Injury , Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci (2015). 


    1. Georgia Martha Gkotsi & Jacques Gasser, Neuroscience in Forensic Psychiatry: From Responsibility to Dangerousness. Ethical and Legal Implications of Using Neuroscience for Dangerousness Assessments , International Journal of Law and Psychiatry (2016).  


    1. Harvey L. Fiser, The Treatment for Malpractice - Physician, Enhance Thyself: The Impact of Neuroenhancements for Medical Malpractice , 36 Pace L. Rev. 438 (2016).            


    1. Derk Pereboom & Gregg D. Caruso, Hard-Incompatibilist Existentialism: Neuroscience, Punishment, and Meaning in Life , in Neuroexistentialism: Meaning, Morals, and Purpose in the Age of Neuroscience (forthcoming).


    1. Stephanie Plamondon Bair, Rational Faith: The Utility of Fairness in Copyright , Boston U. L. Rev. (2016).



  1. Neurolaw Media & News Clippings


    1. New York Times Op-Ed: The New York Times recently published an op-ed authored by Laurence Steinberg , Thomas Grisso , Elizabeth S. Scott , and Richard J. Bonnie .  The piece, titled “Don’t Treat Young Adults as Teenagers” addresses the treatment of young adult offenders in the justice system.  To read the full op-ed, click here .



  1. Conferences & Speaker Series  


    1. Judicial Seminar on Emerging Issues in Neuroscience: On May 16-17, 2016, Vanderbilt Law School hosted a Judicial Seminar on Emerging Issues in Neuroscience, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Federal Judicial Center, the National Center for State Courts, the American Bar Association Judicial Division, and the Dana Foundation. Speakers and topics included:

      1. Kevin LeBar : Neuroanatomy, Neuroscience Methods and Technology

      2. Dan Clauw : The Neuroscience of Pain

      3. Craig Stark : The Neuroscience of Memory

      4. Owen Jones : Neuroscience and the Law

      5. Jordan Grafman : The Neuroscience of Violence

      6. Dorene Rentz : The Neuroscience of Dementia

      7. Jodi Gilman : The Neuroscience of Substance Dependence

      8. Neil Woodward : The Neuroscience of Psychosis


    2. Permanent Seminar on Neurolaw & Forensic Psychology: On June 1, 2016, the National Autonomous University of Mexico hosted its inaugural Permanent Seminar on Neurolaw & Forensic Psychology. The aim of this seminar was to analyze the importance of the connection between Neurosciences, Law, Forensic Psychology, and the Mexican Criminal Justice System. Renowned academics from El Colegio Nacional , the World Health Organization, the Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas (Legal Research Institute of the UNAM), the Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz (National Psychiatry Institute), the Facultad de Medicina (School of Medicine of the UNAM), and the Tribunal Superior de Justicia de la Ciudad de Mexico (Superior Court of Mexico City) were in attendance. For more information, click here .


    3. Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference:  During last month’s Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference , two panels addressed topics in the field of law and neuroscience.  Nita Farahany and Hank Greely participated in “Responsibility and Persuasion” and Morris Hoffman and Joshua Buckholtz participated in “Justice and Punishment.”


    4. U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference: Hank Greely and Nita Farahany also recently presented on law and neuroscience topics at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference. Those attending included 160 federal judges and 300 practicing attorneys from Georgia, Florida and Alabama. To read more, click here .



  1. Other Developments


    1. Call For Papers: The journal Criminal Justice and Behavior is soliciting empirical articles for a special issue that focuses on how biological or biopsychological markers can enhance the prediction, treatment, or punishment of criminal behavior.  Issues within the neurolaw community, such as how brain imagining or genetics intersects with issues of criminal responsibility, are highly relevant to the issue.  Manuscript submissions are due by July 1, 2016.  All article submissions and questions can be directed to Dr. Jamie C. Vaske at



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