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October 20, 2012

This message brings news about: A) Recent or Forthcoming Neurolaw Publications; B) Neurolaw Media & News Clippings; C) Conferences & Speaker Series; and D) Other Developments.


A. Recent or Forthcoming Neurolaw Publications  

  1. Daniel D. Langleben and Jane Campbell Moriarty, Using Brain Imaging for Lie Detection: Where Science, Law, and Policy Collide , Psychology, Public Policy, and Law (2012).      
  2.  Amanda C. Pustilnik, Neurotechnologies at the Intersection of Criminal Procedure and Constitutional Law, in The Constitution and the Future of the Criminal Law, John Parry & Song Richardson, eds. Cambridge University Press (Forthcoming 2013).
  3. Brain Waves 4: Neuroscience and the Law, The Royal Society (2011).
  4. Using Adolescent Brain Research to Inform Policy: A Guide for Juvenile Justice Advocates , National Juvenile Justice Network (Sept 2012).
  5. Adam Lamparello, Neuroscience, Brain Damage, and the Criminal Defendant: Who Does It Help and Where in the Criminal Proceeding is It Most Relevant?, 39 Rutgers L. Rec. 161 (2011).
  6. Hank Greely, Will Neuroscience Radically Transform the Legal System? , Slate (Oct. 15, 2012).


B. Neurolaw Media & News Clippings

  1. TED Talks: MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience member, Read Montague recently gave a TED talk titled “What we're learning from 5,000 brains,” which can be viewed here:         Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, a professor at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College, London, also gave a talk on “The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain,” which can be viewed here:  
  2. Opinion on fMRI in State v. Gary Smith:  Judge Eric M. Johnson of Maryland released an opinion on the use of fMRI in the State v. Gary Smith case.  Regarding the admissibility of fMRI for truth verification, Judge Johnson states (on page 5):  “Upon examination of the submitted memorandums  of law, the available legal and scientific commentaries, and the testimony of the aforementioned experts, it is clear to the Court that the use of fMRI to detect deception and verify truth in an individual’s brain has not achieved general acceptance in the scientific community.  Therefore, it does not pass the requisite standard for evidence as delineated in Frye and adopted in Reed and must necessarily be denied admittance in this Court.”  To read the full opinion, visit: /_resources/pdf/fMRIOpinion.pdf      
  3. BBC Radio Coverage of Brain-Based Lie Detection:  BBC Radio recently covered a story on brain-based lie detection, and mentioned the Maryland murder case, State v. Gary Smith.  To listen to the piece, visit: /_resources/MRI%20MIX.mp3      


C. Conferences & Speaker Series  

  1. My Brain Made Me Do It:  Future Tense, a partnership of Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State University that explores emerging  technologies and their implications for public policy and for society, will host a conference on law and neuroscience entitled “My Brain Made Me Do It” on October 22, 2012 in Washington, D.C.  To learn more about this conference visit:       
  2. 2012 International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting: The International Neuroethics Society held its  annual meeting on the afternoon of Thursday, October 11, and all day on Friday, October 12 in New Orleans, LA.  The keynote speaker was Nita Farahany, Duke Law School, whose talk was titled “Me, Myself,  and My Brain.”  To learn more about this meeting visit:
  3. Neuroscience and the Criminal Mind:  Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Law,  Brain and Behavior and Boston Society of Neurology and Psychiatry hosted an event on April 12, 2012 on Neuroscience and the Criminal Mind.   Guest speakers included Dr. Kent Kiehl, Dr. Helen Mayberg, Dr. Steven Hyman, and Lee Bailey, Esq.  To view the event flyer, visit:  


D. Other Developments

  1. Neurolaw in France:  The French Centre d'Analyse Strategic has recently published two papers on neurolaw.  One is a 212 page-report.  The other is a 12 page-policy paper. Each references, briefly, the MacArthur Foundation, the Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, and some work from the Law and Neuroscience Project.  To access these papers, visit:[11092012-Newsletter029-Lecerveauetlaloi:%C3%A9thiqueetpratiqueduneurodroit%28Noted%27analyse282-Septembre2012%29


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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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