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Discussions Discussion Science - Neurology
Jill Davies, Feb. 15, 2012

Neurolaw” - A meeting of the minds on brain and law

This emerging area of work was coined “neurolaw” in 1991, and has been bringing together interdisciplinary teams of neuroscientists, scholars, lawyers and judges to explore and deliberate where the science of the brain and the principles of justice intersect. As the understanding of the brain becomes greater, many new questions with potentially game-changing answers arise. How can assemblies of brain cells and the inter-actions between them lead to notions of guilt and punishment? What is the role of our genes and our brains in the courtroom? Will neuroscience change how we feel about criminal responsibility? How is eyewitness testimony affected by aging, neurologic and psychiatric conditions? What can courts and other justice system participants learn from neuroscience to improve eyewitness reliability, including lineup procedures, jury instructions and the use of expert witnesses? How does popular culture affect public perceptions of the meaning of moral and legal responsibility? The answers to these questions, and many more, have great potential to influence how we, as a society, deliver justice and punishment.


Jill Davies
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  • Tony Trevari Tony Trevari Feb. 15, 2012
    Canadian law will be forced very soon to accommodate the fact there is no absolute “free will.” …fascinating implications.

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Discussions Discussion Deciding How and When to Become a Parent
Megan McCausland, Nov. 8, 2011

A potential new law in Mississippi could impact a lot of decisions surrounding becoming a parent. Here’s the story from the Nightly News: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/#VpFlash

Megan McCausland

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