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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

Randy Buckner, PhD, is Principal Investigator of Harvard University’s Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (CNL),  Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, and member of the Center for Brain Science where he is affiliated with the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at the Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School. His research applies neuroimaging techniques to explore brain areas involved in human memory. Recently he has focused on three interrelated questions: how human prefrontal cortex may participate in the formation and retrieval of memories, and how these structures may interact with medial temporal regions; how the human brain codes the remnants (the echo) of a memory while it is being remembered; and how activity within the human brain changes when items are repeated. Dr. Buckner also has become interested in how information about the healthy brain can help to guide our understanding of damaged and diseased brain states such as occur after a stroke or during the progression of Dementia of the Alzheimer Type (DAT). A final focus of his work is the development of novel methods for functional neuroimaging – such as those employed during event-related fMRI.

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