The Center for Law, Brain & Behavior puts the most accurate and actionable neuroscience in the hands of judges, lawyers, policymakers and journalists—people who shape the standards and practices of our legal system and affect its impact on people’s lives. We work to make the legal system more effective and more just for all those affected by the law.

Randy Buckner, PhD, is Principal Investigator of Harvard University’s Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (CNL) and Professor of Psychology and of Neuroscience at Harvard University. Additionally, he is Neuroscientist in Psychiatry and Radiology and the Director of the Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Buckner is a member of the Harvard University 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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