News and Commentary Archive

Explore recent scientific discoveries and news as well as CLBB events, commentary, and press.

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

Upcoming Event: Lie Detection in the Courtroom

Date: April 19, 2018

Location: Bornstein Amphitheater, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston

Time: 6:30p Collation; 7:00-8:30p Program and discussion

Event Co-hosts: CLBB, and the Boston Society of Neurology and Psychiatry

Featured Speaker: Francis X. Shen, JD, PhD

Dr. Francis X. Shen will examine the promises and limitations of the emerging field of neurolaw, and the ways in which neuropsychiatric evidence is being proffered as evidence in criminal and civil contexts.

This event is free and open to the public.

WATCH: Death by a thousand clicks: How can we make EHRs better?

Date: February 22, 2018

Location: BIDMC’s Sherman Auditorium

Time: 6:30p collation; 7:00-9:00p talks and discussion

Participants: Carey Goldberg (moderator), Adrian Gropper, MD, James W. Holsapple, MD, John R. Levinson, MD, PhD, Warner V. Slack, MD

Watch video of this entire event below:

Video: Steven Pinker: “The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century”

On Thursday, November 20, 2014, at the Bornstein Amphitheater at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, CLBB and the Boston Society for Neurology and Psychiatry co-sponsored a talk by Steven Pinker, renowned Harvard cognitive psychologist, linguist, and popular author, to discuss his most recent book, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. Video of the event is included below in its entirety and at our Vimeo page. Continue reading »

Watch: “Free Will: What Can Physiology Explain?”

While we may believe that we choose and direct our movements consciously, the physiology of human motor control provides compelling evidence that this sense of conscious decision – free will – is a perception only.

On Thursday, October 2, 2014, at the Bornstein Amphitheater at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, CLBB and the Boston Society for Neurology and Psychiatry co-sponsored an event exploring how an understanding of human motor control can contribute to the question of free will. Video of the event is included below in its entirety and at our Vimeo page. Continue reading »

Watch: “The Measure of Truth and Deception: Three Perspectives”

event post iconOn January 21, 2010, the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior led a conversation among three experts on deception to discuss the past and future of lie detection, and how neuroscience might (or might not) contribute to a better way to tell truth from deception. Continue reading »