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October 12, 2015

Welcome to the 50th edition of Neurolaw News.  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. Mark W. Bennett, Unspringing the Witness Memory and Demeanor Trap: What Every Judge and Juror Needs to Know About Cognitive Psychology and Witness Credibility , 64 American University L. Rev. 1331 (2015). 
  2. Stephen J. Morse, Neuroscience, Free Will, and Criminal Responsibility , in Free Will and the Brain: Neuroscientific, Philosophical, and Legal Perspectives, Walter Glannon, ed. (2015). 
  3. Stephen J. Morse, Indispensable Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology: The (Non) Challenge from Neuroscience , in The Evolution of Forensic Psychiatry History, Current Developments, Future Directions, Robert L. Sadoff, ed. (2015). 
  4. Stephen J. Morse, Genetics and Criminal Justice , in The Oxford Handbook of Molecular Psychology, Turhan Canli, ed. (2015). 
  5. Octavio Choi, Using fMRI for Lie Detection: Ready for Court? in Psychiatric Expert Testimony: Emerging Applications, Kenneth Weiss and Clarence Watson, Eds. (2015). 
  6. Andrew King-Ries, Arbitrary and Godlike Determinations: Insanity, Neuroscience, and Social Control in Montana , 76 Mont. L. Rev. 281 (2015). 
  7. Elizabeth L. Leonard, Forensic Neuropsychology and Expert Witness Testimony: An Overview of Forensic Practice , International Journal of Law and Psychiatry (2015).  

B.  Neurolaw Media & News Clippings  

    1. New Neurolaw E-Book : Nita Farahany is featured in a new e-book titled Neurolaw: A Conversation with Nita Farahany, in which she “explores the growing impact of modern neuroscience on the law, deepening our understanding of a wide range of issues, from legal responsibility to the American Constitution's Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.”  To learn more, visit:       

C.  Conferences & Speaker Series  

  1. Safeguarding Brains: The Law, Science & Ethics of the Concussive Injury Epidemic: On November 13, 2015, the Center for Law, Science & Innovation, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University will host a conference titled Safeguarding Brains: The Law, Science & Ethics of the Concussive Injury Epidemic.  To learn more about this event, visit:
  2. Should the Science of Adolescent Brain Development Inform Legal Policy? On November 13, 2015, Network Member Laurence Steinberg will give a lecture on the role that scientific evidence about adolescent brain development played in landmark Supreme Court decisions.  This lecture is a part of the Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience, a collaboration between the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Law, Brain & Behavior and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. To read more, visit:
  3. Health Disparities, Trauma, Disruptive and Criminal Behaviors and the Adolescent Brain: On November 21, 2015, the Teachers College, Columbia University and the NYSPA Division of Neuropsychology, Pediatric Neuropsychology Committee will host a one-day interdisciplinary conference to examine “neurobiological development and developmental changes in adolescent cognitive competence and behavioral self-control; the impact of biopsychosocial trauma upon developing executive functions; appropriate treatment and criminal justice system responses to adolescent disruptive and criminal behaviors; and, policy implications for juvenile justice system reform.”  To learn more, visit:
  4. Neuroscience, Metaphysics of Mind, and Responsibility: On September 25-26, 2015, the University of Illinois College of Law Program in Law and Philosophy hosted a Roundtable on Neuroscience, Metaphysics of Mind, and Responsibility.  Network Members Stephen J. Morse and Gideon Yaffe were among the participants.

D.  Other Developments

    1. Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study:  Research Network Member BJ Casey was recently awarded a research project site grant via the NIH’s Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study which is a “landmark study about the effects of adolescent substance use on the developing brain.”  The study, coordinated out of UC San Diego, will follow approximately 10,000 children at project cites at research institutes across the country. Research Network Scholars Adriana Galván and Damien Fair are also involved in this ABCD Study. To read the full press release, visit:        


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