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September 12, 2013

This message brings news about:
A) Recent or Forthcoming Neurolaw Publications
B) Conferences & Speaker Series
C) Other Developments

A.  Recent or Forthcoming Neurolaw Publications  

    1. Current Directions in Psychological Science published a Special Issue on the Teenage Brain (April 2013; which featured articles by several Members of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience:

B. J. Casey & Kristina Caudle, The Teenage Brain: Self Control , 22 Current Directions in Psychological Science 82 (2013).

Richard J. Bonnie & Elizabeth S. Scott, The Teenage Brain: Adolescent Brain Research and the Law , 22 Current Directions in Psychological Science 158 (2013). 

    1. Nicole A. Vincent, A Compatibilist Theory of Legal Responsibility , Crim Law and Philos (2013). 
    2. Nicole A. Vincent, Neurolaw and Direct Brain Interventions , Crim Law and Philos (2012). 
    3. Andrew Tunnard, Not-So-Sweet Sixteen:  When Minor Convictions Have Major Consequences under Career Offender Guidelines , 66 Vand. L. Rev. 1309 (2013). 
    4. Isabelle Brocas & Juan D. Carrillo, The Neurobiology of Opinions: Can Judges and Juries Be Impartial? 86 S. Cal. L. Rev. 421 (2013). 
    5. Kimberly D. Phillips,  Empathy for Psychopaths: Using fMRI Brain Scans to Plea for Leniency in Death Penalty Cases , 37 Law & Psychol. Rev. 1 (2013). 
    6. Daniel S. Goldberg, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, the National Football League, and the Manufacture of Doubt: An Ethical, Legal, and Historical Analysis , 34 J. Legal Med. 157 (2013). 
    7. David M. Eagleman & Sarah Isgur Flores, Defining A Neurocompatibility Index for Criminal Justice Systems: A Framework to Align Social Policy with Modern Brain Science , 1 Law of the Future Series 161 (2012). 
    8. Robert A. Creo, It’s Not a Video Recording, Part III: Sharing and Vindicating Mediation Memories, 31 Alternatives to High Cost Litig. 89 (2013). 
    9. C. H. de Kogel, W. M. Schrama, & M. Smit  de Kogel, Civil Law and Neuroscience , Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL) (2013).                                   

B.  Conferences & Speaker Series  

    1. Neuroenhancement: Building an Improved Human Body and the Mind:  On September 19, 2013, The American Association for the Advancement of Science & the Dana Foundation will host this third event in the 2013 series of public events on Neuroscience and Society in Washington, D.C.  Presenters include Doafen Chen, Ph.D., Ramez Naam, and Joseph Pancrazio, Ph.D. 
      To register for this event, visit:      
      For more information, visit:

   C.  Other Developments

  1. New Judicial Branch Program at AAAS:  AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships is pleased to announce the launch of a new program area. The Judicial Branch program will support contribution of scientific and technical expertise to judicial administration, operations, education programs, protocol and discovery, or courtroom technology and will foster first-hand knowledge about contemporary policy issues facing the judiciary. The program is open to applicants who hold a doctoral level degree in any scientific, social science, health/medical or engineering discipline, with a minimum of three years of post-doctoral professional experience. Applicants who also hold a J.D. degree or have legal experience are preferred. Anticipated placement opportunities include the Federal Judicial Center or Federal Judicial Court of Washington, D.C.  The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships provide a learning opportunity to explore the intersection of science and policy. Fellows bring a common interest in learning about science policy and a willingness to apply their training in new arenas. Fellows serve in yearlong assignments in congressional offices and federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. region.
    Application deadline for the 2014-15 fellowship year is November 1. To learn more about the S&T Policy fellowships please visit: 
  2. Templeton Science of Prospection Research Awards Request for Applications:  Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center has established the Templeton Science of Prospection Awards to advance research the scientific understanding of prospection, or the mental representation of possible futures.  Up to fifteen (15), 22- to 24-month grants averaging $150,000 will be awarded to researchers worldwide who hold the PhD or equivalent, are at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor, and have maintained their own independent laboratory for no more than 12 years.  Research topics of interest include, but are not limited to, explorations of the following domains of prospection: Measurement, Mechanisms, Applications, Improvement, ‘Open’
    To Apply: Interested applicants should submit a Letter of Intent and a Curriculum Vita by January 1, 2014. More information about this opportunity can be found on the Prospective Psychology website:


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Professor of Biological Sciences 
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