Law and Neuroscience

International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd Edition),
2015

Owen D. Jones and Matthew R. Ginther

This encyclopedia entry discusses how the intersection of perennial legal questions and new neuroscientific advances has fueled the emergence of a new field: Law & Neuroscience. It provides an overview of issues, discussing both the promise and the limitations.

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The Initiative on Neuroscience and the Law

Baylor College of Medicine

This initiative addresses how new discoveries in neuroscience can improve the way we make laws, punish criminals, and develop rehabilitation.  The project brings together a unique collaboration of neurobiologists, legal scholars, ethicists, medical humanists, and policy makers, with the goal of running experiments that will result in modern, evidence-based policy.

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The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience

Vanderbilt University

This is an interdisciplinary collaborative initiative with two main goals: (1) to help the legal system avoid misuse of neuroscientific evidence in criminal law contexts, and (2) to explore ways to deploy neuroscientific insights to improve the fairness and effectiveness of the criminal justice system. 

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A Judge’s Guide to Neuroscience: A Concise Introduction

MacArthur Foundation’s Law and Neuroscience Project

This pamphlet is intended to answer some key questions about the relevance (or not) of neuroscience to law.

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A Primer on Criminal Law and Neuroscience


Stephen J. Morse and Adina L. Roskies, eds.

This handbook seeks to set forth a statement of the relation between criminal law and neuroscience for an audience of practicing lawyers, judges, and legal policy makers who are increasingly confronted with claims based on neuroscience information. The goal is to provide accurate information and to clarify the basic questions…

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Law and Neuroscience: Current Legal Issues


Michael Freeman, ed.

This edited volume includes contributions from some of the preeminent scholars in the field.

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