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Mission

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

Leah Somerville, PhD is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and Director of the Affective Neuroscience and Development Laboratory. Dr. Somerville is also a faculty member of the Harvard Center for Brain Science and the Harvard Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative. She received a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin, a PhD at Dartmouth College, and postdoctoral training at the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology at Weill Cornell Medical College. Professor Somerville’s research focuses on drawing linkages between trajectories of brain development and changes in emotional, social, and regulatory processes as they change throughout adolescence. Her work incorporates several approaches including behavioral, psychophysiological and neuroimaging methods and developmental trajectory analysis. Currently, her work has focused on understanding how social and emotional cues selectively influence adolescents’ decision making capabilities, how incentives shape adolescent regulatory behavior, and the neurodevelopmental mechanisms that underlie heightened anxiety and self-conscious emotion during adolescence.

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