Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Forensic Neuroscience & Risk for Vulnerability to Undue Influence

The Center for Law, Brain and Behavior (CLBB) at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has a fascinating sounding project underway: using neuroscience to develop tools to evaluate human susceptibility to undue influence.  Here's a brief description from a recent MGH newsletter:

"A second CLBB project focuses on older adults with cognitive impairment who are at heightened vulnerability to coercion by opportunists hoping to control their decisions, particularly concerning financial matters. The goal of the study is to devise and test a psychometric instrument to measure susceptibility to undue influence that can be used in proceedings about guardianship, testamentary capacity and informed consent.'The development of this tool will make an immediate contribution to the protection of adults with mild to severe intellectual impairments,' says Dr. Price."

Hat tip to Ross Schmucki, Esq. of Media, Pennsylvania for sharing this news. 

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/elder_law/2013/10/forensic-neuroscience-evaluating-risk-of-vulnerability-to-undue-influence.html

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