Research Network on Law and Neuroscience Blog

Lie Detection Brief

The Research Network is pleased to announce the release of a new brief, fMRI and Lie Detection.

Some studies have reported the ability to detect lies, with a high degree of accuracy, by analyzing brain data acquired using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). But is this new technology ready for its day in court?

The new brief provides answers to some of our most pressing research questions, such as:

●       Can fMRI reliably detect lies?
●       What are the potential legal applications and limitations of fMRI lie detection?
●       Can subjects use countermeasures to successfully conceal a lie?
●      Which factors can create cause for concern about experimental validity?

You can access fMRI and Lie Detection by clicking here.

Posted by on December 8, 2016 in Education, Lie Detection, Neuroimaging, Neurolaw, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers, Uncategorized

Neurolaw News

The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience distributes an e-newsletter, Neurolaw News, which highlights important items of interest for the neurolaw community.  These include notifications of new publications, news of upcoming neurolaw conferences, and the like.  To avoid inbox clutter, distributions occur approximately once every month.

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Posted by on October 20, 2016 in Addiction, Adolescents, Around the Web, Books, Calls for Papers, Conferences and Events, Criminal Law, Education, Lie Detection, Neuroethics, Neuroimaging, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News, Neuroscience, Prediction, Psychopathy, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers, Uncategorized

Network Publication on Third-Party Punishment

A just-published study by a Research Network team used fMRI brain-scanning techniques to identify and dissociate the four different patterns of brain activities involved in:

1.     Evaluating the mental state of a defendant

2.     Evaluating the harm the defendant caused

3.     Integrating mental state and harm information

4.     Deciding a punishment amount

The work – published as “ Parsing the Behavioral and Brain Mechanisms of Third-Party Punishment ” – appears in The Journal of Neuroscience.

Posted by on September 22, 2016 in Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neuroimaging, Neurolaw, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers, Uncategorized

National Law Journal Op-Ed: “Readying the Legal Community for More Neuroscientific Evidence”

Network Director Owen D. Jones published an op-ed in the September 12 edition of the National Law Journal titled “Readying the Legal Community for More Neuroscientific Evidence: Understanding complex advances in neurolaw can aid the administration of justice.”

The op-ed outlines the promise – and pitfalls – of the rapidly expanding field of neurolaw, and why it behooves legal practitioners to educate themselves about it. To read the op-ed, please click here and register for free to access.

Posted by on September 13, 2016 in Around the Web, Education, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News, Uncategorized

Network Releases New Product to Inform Legal, Policy and Justice Advocates about Neurolaw

Interested in learning more about neurolaw but not sure how to approach such a complex topic? Look no further than Law and Neuroscience: What, Why and Where to Begin.  In addition to providing a wealth of resources and information, this brief but important tool offers basic answers to common questions about neurolaw, such as: What new developments have emerged in the past decades that we should be aware of? What are neurolaw’s potential legal applications and limitations? What are the neuroscientific technologies, and how do they work? And, why should I care about this new field and how could it impact me? You can view and download Law and Neuroscience: What, Why and Where to Begin directly here:

Posted by on September 13, 2016 in Around the Web, Education, Neurolaw, Uncategorized

Tenured or Tenure-Track Opening

Georgia State University College of Law seeks applicants for one openrank tenured or tenure-track position beginning Fall 2017. Having already appointed two exceptional candidates with expertise in Law and Neuroscience (“Neurolaw”) – one in psychology, one in philosophy – Georgia State now seeks to appoint a third scholar with expertise in this field. To qualify for appointment in the College of Law candidates must hold the JD degree at the time of application, and demonstrate a record of excellence in teaching and research. The successful applicant will play a key role in building the university’s Neuroethics/Neurolaw Program, and so a commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration with other relevant departments is critical. Applicants should send a letter of interest, including research statement and a CV with a list of references, directly to the chair of the search committee, William A. Edmundson, at Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Georgia State, a research university of the University System of Georgia, is committed to serving a diverse student body, and is an AA/EEO Employer. Qualified women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply. The College seeks diversity. Offer of employment will be conditional on background check.

Posted by on September 1, 2016 in Around the Web, Education, Neurolaw, Uncategorized

Brain Trauma Rehabilitation in Prison

Newsweek recently published a piece titled “Teaching Prison Inmates About Their Own Brain Trauma Could Help Them Rehabilitate.” To read the article, click here.

Posted by on August 23, 2016 in Around the Web, Criminal Law, Education, Uncategorized

International Neuroethics Society Call for Abstracts and Essay Contest

The International Neuroethics Society has put out calls in regard to the 2016 Annual Meeting of the International Neuroethics Society in San Diego, CA, on November 10-11, 2016.

Call for Abstracts
“We welcome abstracts of both an empirical and philosophical nature related to the field of neuroethics. Investigators at all career stages are encouraged to submit abstracts. Acceptance will be based on content, available space, and overall program balance. All oral and poster presentations and poster judging will take place on Friday, November 11, 2016.”

Essay Contest
“The International Neuroethics Society (INS) is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the 2016 Student/Postdoc Essay Contest in neuroethics! The contest, now in its third year, aims to promote interest in neuroethics among students and postdocs early in their academic careers. Two winning essays will be published in the Kopf Carrier and the authors will be recognized at the 2016 INS Annual Meeting, the premier gathering of professionals dedicated to neuroethics.”

Deadlines are June 15.

Posted by on June 9, 2016 in Around the Web, Calls for Papers, Conferences and Events, Neuroethics, Uncategorized

New York Times Op-Ed: “Don’t Treat Young Adults as Teenagers”

The New York Times recently published an op-ed authored by Laurence Steinberg, Thomas Grisso, Elizabeth S. Scott, and Richard J. Bonnie.  The piece, titled “Don’t Treat Young Adults as Teenagers” addresses the treatment of young adult offenders in the justice system.

To read the full op-ed, visit:

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Adolescents, Criminal Law, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers, Uncategorized

“Neuroscience and the Law: Don’t Rush In”

Hon. Jed S. Rakoff recently authored an article via The New York Review of Books titled “Neuroscience and the Law: Don’t Rush In.”

To read the full article, visit:

Posted by on April 27, 2016 in Around the Web, Criminal Law, Lie Detection, Neurolaw, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers, Uncategorized