2019 was a banner year for the Center. We strengthened our core programs in elder justice, criminal sentencing, and juvenile justice, and started exciting new work at the intersection of trauma, memory, and immigration law. And when it comes to neuroscience in the courtroom, CLBB is leading the way through its amicus briefs and judicial education.
Advances in neuroscientific understanding of the developing brain, including development in emerging adulthood from ages 18 to 25, are only beginning to enter legal cases. Moreover, advocates are recognizing that to make a more direct and profound impact, group-averaged neuroscience evidence must be complemented by individualized clinical assessments. This panel in February 2020 discussed scientific and legal developments, and the new innovations at the intersection of neuroscience and juvenile justice.
The future of neuroscience and law will be a computational future, as both fields are increasingly integrating artificial intelligence and machine learning. But what will this future look like? In this lunchtime event in October 2019, leading experts in artificial intelligence, computational psychiatry, and the law discussed these questions as they explored how AI and digital technologies can advance social good through improved social, psychiatric, and legal interventions.
The novel coronavirus poses serious challenges to current approaches to law, brain and behavior. Read and watch our interviews with CLBB-affiliated faculty members on how COVID-19 and necessary public health responses are affecting their work and the people they serve.
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.
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