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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jones et al. on Law and Neuroscience

Owen D. Jones Richard J. Bonnie BJ Casey Andre Davis David L. Faigman Morris B. Hoffman Read Montague Stephen Morse Marcus E. Raichle Jennifer A. Richeson Elizabeth S. Scott Laurence Steinberg Kim A. Taylor-Thompson Anthony D. Wagner and Gideon Yaffe  (Vanderbilt University - Law School & Dept. of Biological Sciences , University of Virginia - School of Law , Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology , US Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit , University of California Hastings College of the Law , Second Judicial District Court Judge, State of Colorado , Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University - Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute , University of Pennsylvania Law School , Washington University School of Medicine , Northwestern University - Department of Psychology , Columbia University - Law School , Temple University , New York University School of Law , Stanford University - Psychology and Yale Law School) have posted Law and Neuroscience: Recommendations Submitted to the President's Bioethics Commission on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

President Obama charged the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues to identify a set of core ethical standards in the neuroscience domain, including the appropriate use of neuroscience in the criminal-justice system. The Commission, in turn, called for comments and recommendations. 

The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience submitted a consensus statement, published here, containing 16 specific recommendations. These are organized within three main themes: 1) what steps should be taken to enhance the capacity of the criminal justice system to make sound decisions regarding the admissibility and weight of neuroscientific evidence?; 2) to what extent can the capacity of neurotechnologies to aid in the administration of criminal justice be enhanced through research?; and 3) in what additional ways might important ethical issues at the intersection of neuroscience and criminal justice be addressed?

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