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June 8, 2015

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. Melina R. Uncapher, J. Tyler Boyd-Meredith, Tiffany E. Chow, Jesse Rissman, & Anthony D. Wagner, Goal-Directed Modulation of Neural Memory Patterns: Implications for fMRI-Based Memory Detection , 35(22) Journal of Neuroscience 8531 (2015).

    A report on this recent publication can be found here:
  2. Richard C. Wolf & Michael Koenigs, Brain Imagining Research on Violence and Aggression: Pitfalls and Possibilities for Criminal Justice , Science in the Courtroom by the National Courts and Science Institute, Inc. (2015).     
  3. Jacquelyn Shaw, Of Mitochondria and Men: Why Brain Death is Not the Death of the Human ‘Organism as a Whole,’ 7 MCGILL J. L. & HEALTH 235 (2014).
  4. Jenna Furman, I Know What You’re Thinking: Brain Imaging and Mental Privacy , 30 Syracuse J. SCI. & TECH. L. REP. 160 (2014).
  5. Bradley A. Muhs, Fighting the Unfair Fight: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the Need for Neuroimaging in Rape Trials , 35 WOMEN’S RTS. L. REP. 215 (2014).
  6. Dalia B. Taylor, Communicating with Vegetative State Patients: The Role of Neuroimaging in American Disability Law , 66 STAN. L. REV. 1451 (2014).
  7. Heather MacGillivray, Where is the Awareness in Concussion Awareness: Can Concussed Players Really Assume the Risk in a Concussed State? 21 JEFFREY S. MOORAD SPORTS L.J. 529 (2014). 
  8. Jamie D. Brooks, “What Any Parent Knows” But the Supreme Court Misunderstands: Reassessing Neuroscience’s Role in Diminished Capacity Jurisprudence , 17 NEW CRIM. L. REV. 442 (2014).
  9. Jennifer Ann Drobac & Leslie A. Hulvershorn, The Neurobiology of Decision Making in High-Risk Youth and the Law of Consent to Sex , 17 NEW CRIM L. REV. 502 (2014).
  10. Jason M. Chin, Psychological Science’s Replicability Crisis and What it Means For Science in the Courtroom , 20 PSYCHOL. PUB. POL’Y & L. 225 (2014).
  11. Michael Telis, Playing Through the Haze: The NFL Concussion Litigation and Section 301 Preemption , 102 GEO. L.J. 1841 (2014).
  12. Armando Freitas da Rocha, Eduardo Massad, Fábio T. Rocha, & Marcelo N. Burattini, Brain and Law: An EEG Study of How We Decide or Not to Implement a Law , 4 J. Behavioral and Brain Science 559 (2014).
  13. Andrea Friedman, Pedophilia: Laws Fighting Nature Instead of Coping With It , 43 SW. L. REV. 253 (2013).
  14. Bruce H. Stern, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, 289-AUG N.J. LAW. 11 (2014). 


B.  Neurolaw Media & News Clippings

    1. Congratulations to Network Members Richeson & Yaffe: Research Network on Law and Neuroscience Members Jennifer Richeson and Gideon Yaffe have each been appointed as 2015 Guggenheim Fellows.  “In its ninety-first competition for the United States and Canada, the John       Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded 173 Fellowships (including two joint Fellowships) to a diverse group of 175 scholars, artists, and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of over 3,100 applicants.”  To read more about this news, visit:
    2. Op-Ed Pieces from Research Network Members:  Recently, two Members of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience published op-ed pieces touching on topics at the intersection of the Network’s research.

Hon. Morris Hoffman’s piece in Reuters titled “Punishment’s purpose: How humans became hardwired for justice” can be accessed here:

Dr. Laurence Steinberg’s piece in The Boston Globe titled “Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, adolescent or adult?” can be accessed here:

    1. Network Member Stephen J. Morse on Insanity Defense and ALS: Research Network Member Stephen J. Morse was recently quoted in a news piece titled, “Insanity defense expert       skeptical of ALS ties to Steele’s insanity plea.”  Morse commented on a Wisconsin murder case in which it is expected that the defendant’s diagnosis with ALS will be used by his attorney as foundation for the insanity defense.  To read the article, visit:
    2. Video Available of Past CLBB Events: The Center for Law, Brain & Behavior has made available online the video recordings of several of its past events.  Of particular note are the videos from “Re-Envisioning Pain: How Breakthroughs on the Science of Suffering Could Revolutionize Legal Understanding and Outcomes” (available here) and “Juvenile Justice & the Adolescent Brain: Is Healthy Neurodevelopment a Civil Right?” (available here).

C.  Conferences & Speaker Series

  1. Neuroscience & Public Policy Seminars:  The University of Wisconsin-Madison hosted speaker Dr. Francis X. Shen on April 10, 2015 for the Neuroscience & Public Policy Seminar: The Future of Law and Neuroscience.  On May 10, 2015, Dr. Anthony Wagner spoke at the same seminar series on Memories, Lies, & the Brain: Can Neuroscience Detect Legally Relevant Mental States? 


D.  Other Developments

    1. Book Review of Law and Neuroscience:  Hon. Nancy Gertner (Retired), United States District Court Judge for the District of Massachusetts (1994-2011), has written a review of Law and Neuroscience in the Journal of Law and the Biosciences.  She writes, “…[R]arely does one see a volume as comprehensive as this so early in the discussion of neurolaw, raising many questions before they hit the courts or legislatures, before the law responds in inconsistent directions, before practices are written in stone.”  To read the full review, visit:      
    2. Law and Neuroscience Fellowship: Stanford Law School invites applications for the 2015-2016 Fellowship in the Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society (SPINS), part of the Center for       Law and the Biosciences. This fellowship is intended for people who want an academic or policy career working on ethical, legal, and social issues arising from advances in neuroscience. To learn more about this opportunity, visit:      


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