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

Court Review: Special Issue on Law & Neuroscience

In the summer 2014, Court Review, the journal of the American Judges Association, published a special issue on law and neuroscience. Court Review is distributed quarterly to an audience of over 2,200 judges in the United States. This special issue featured shortened versions, adapted from longer pieces, made accessible to the judiciary, on topics such as decision-making, brain imaging evidence, adolescent brain development, and pain in the law. The issue included the following articles authored by CLBB Faculty:

Owen D. Jones, Joshua Buckholtz, Jeffrey D. Schall, and René Marois: Brain Imaging for Judges: An Introduction to Law and Neuroscience (see the original paper on clbb.org)

Amanda C. Pustilnik: Pain as Fact and Heuristic: How Pain Neuroimaging Illuminates Moral Dimensions of Law (see this paper on clbb.org)

Clbb.org, the website of the The Center for Law, Brain & Behavior, was also cited in “Keeping up with Neurolaw: What to know and when to look,” by Francis X. Shen, as an online resource for judicially-accessible information on law and neuroscience.

See the Court Review special issue on law and neuroscience here.

The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience coordinated the publication of this issue.