WATCH — Boys to Men to Boys

On Wednesday, April 13, experts will discuss the Supreme Court’s decisions on the unconstitutionality of life without parole sentences for juvenile defendants, and the role of psychology and neuroscience in re-sentencing.


trauma and development

WATCH – Poverty, Violence, and the Developing Mind

On Thursday, March 24, experts in child development, trauma, and urban environments discussed the implications of poverty and violence on the developing mind.



WATCH — “Fetal Pain: An Update on the Science and Legal Implications”

On Wednesday, February 10, CLBB and the Petrie-Flom Center hosted experts in the areas of pain and law to discuss the science of fetal pain, and its implications for the law.



WATCH – “Should the Science of Adolescent Brain Development Inform Legal Policy?”

On November 13, CLBB and the Petrie-Flom Center hosted Dr. Laurence Steinberg, one of the world’s leading experts on adolescence, for a public discussion on the role that scientific evidence about adolescent brain development should have in legal policy.


Troubled Teens

WATCH – “From Troubled Teens to Tsarnaev: Promises and Perils of Adolescent Neuroscience and Law”

On Monday, September 28, CLBB and the Petrie-Flom Center assembled a panel of developmental scientists, clinicians, and legal scholars for a panel discussion examining the implications of developmental neuroscience for law in specific domains.

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MGH Center for Law, Brain & Behavior

Neuroscience is already influencing the legal system.
The CLBB mission is to ensure that this influence is responsible and based on sound scientific evidence. Where evidence is lacking, we venture to advance the field with discoveries that can be applied directly to the courtroom.

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The speed of technology in neuroscience as it impacts ethical and just decisions in the legal system needs to be understood by lawyers, judges, public policy makers, and the general public. The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior is an academic and professional resource for the education, research, and understanding of neuroscience and the law. Read more