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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Jones et al. on Law and Neuroscience

Owen D. JonesJeffrey D. Schall and Francis X. Shen (Vanderbilt University - Law School & Dept. of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University - Department of Psychology and University of Minnesota Law School) have posted Law and Neuroscience (Jones, Owen D. and Schall, Jeffrey D. and Shen, Francis X., LAW AND NEUROSCIENCE, 2nd Edition, ISBN 978-1-5438-0109-5, Forthcoming) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This provides the Table of Contents and Chapter 1 of the 2nd edition our coursebook “Law and Neuroscience” (2020, from Aspen Publishing). The book provides user-friendly introductions to, as well as detailed explorations of, the many current and emerging issues at the intersection of law and neuroscience.

More specifically, the book lays general foundations by exploring the relationships between law and science generally, and by comparing the views from law and from neuroscience regarding behavior and responsibility.
It also explains for a legal audience the basics of brain structure and function, the methods for investigating each, and both the promise and the limitations of modern neuroscience technologies. Core themes include new law/neuroscience issues pertaining to: brain injuries, pain and distress, memory, emotions, lie detection, judging, adolescence, addiction, the aging brain, and brain death. Closing units explore current and coming legal issues surrounding cognitive enhancement, brain-machine interfaces, and artificial intelligence. Given the scope and nature of coverage, the book is designed to serve both as a course-book (in graduate as well as undergraduate departments) and as a reference text for judges, practicing attorneys, and scholars interested in law and neuroscience.

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