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August 28, 2013

New Book in Law and Neuroscience: A Primer on Criminal Law and Neuroscience

Oxford University Press has recently published A Primer on Criminal Law and Neuroscience, a groundbreaking collection edited by Adina L. Roskies and Research Network Member Stephen J. Morse.  The Primer is among the major milestones reflecting significant financial support from the MacArthur Foundation to the Law and Neuroscience Project and the Research Network on Law and Neuroscience (

Roskies and Morse assembled a team of exceptional scholars in the fields of law and neuroscience to analyze the conceptual issues and evidence surrounding neuroscience in criminal contexts.  The result is a landmark handbook that introduces the intersection of criminal law and neuroscience as a significant, provocative development in the justice system.

More information on the Primer can be found on the publisher’s website.



By Owen D. Jones

By Stephen J. Morse & Adina L. Roskies

By Stephen J. Morse

1. Neuroscience Basics
By Annabelle M. Belcher & Adina L. Roskies

2. Brain Imaging Techniques
By Adina L. Roskies

3. Other Neuroscientific Techniques
By Adina L. Roskies

4. Admissibility of Neuroscientific Expert Testimony
By David L. Faigman

5. Neuroscience, Mind-Reading and the Law
By Henry T. (Hank) Greely

6. Criminal Responsibility, Criminal Competence and Criminal Law Prediction
By Stephen J. Morse & William T. Newsome

7. Adolescent Culpability and Competence: Implications of Neuroscience for Criminal Justice Adjudication
By Barry C. Feld, B.J. Casey & Yasmin L. Hurd

8. The Relevance of the Neuroscience of Addiction to the Criminal Law
By Douglas Husak & Emily Murphy

9. The Future of Law and Neuroscience
By Stephen J. Morse & Adina L. Roskies




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Owen D. Jones
New York Alumni Chancellor's Chair in Law
Professor of Biological Sciences 
Director, MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience

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