Research Network on Law and Neuroscience

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Funded from 2007 to the present.

The MacArthur Research Network on Law and Neuroscience is examining multiple effects of modern neuroscience on criminal law and trying to make neuroscience accessible and beneficial to America’s courtrooms. Read More

Research

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Kentucky Rules that Death Sentences for People Under 21 Are Unconstitutional

A Kentucky circuit court judge ruled that death sentences for 18-, 19-, or 20-year-olds are cruel and unusual punishment. Read More 
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Neuroscience Could Reveal Criminal Intent

Researchers at Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, and Yale universities have discovered that brain scans can identify differences between criminal intent and reckless behavior, in a study supported by the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience. Read More 
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Applying Neuroscientific Lie Detection in Court

A brief from the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience assesses the potential and pitfalls of using neuroscientific lie detection technology in court. Read More 
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Understanding Neuroscience and the Law

A brief published by the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience provides an overview of “neurolaw” – the intersection between law and neuroscience. The brief summarizes opportunities and limitations in this new field as neuroscientific ... Read More 
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Considering Ethics and Neuroscience in the Justice System

The report addresses the intersection of neuroscience and the legal system and cites 16 works by members of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience. Read More