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Law and Neuroscience

Owen Jones, Jeffrey Schall, Francis Shen


  • ISBN: 9781454847038

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  • Description

    The implications for law of new neuroscientific techniques and findings are now among the hottest topics in legal, academic, and media venues. Law and Neuroscience — a collaboration of professors in law, neuroscience, and biology — is the first coursebook to chart this new territory, providing the world’s most comprehensive collection of neurolaw materials.

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  • Additional Product Details

    Publication Date: 06/04/2014
    Copyright: 2014
    Pages: 816
    Hardcover: 9781454813323
    Ebook: 9781454847038 Available on Kindle | Vitalsource | Google Play

    Detailed Table of Contents (PDF Download)
    Preface (PDF Download)

    Summary of Contents


    Part I. Introduction

    Chapter 1. Law and Neuroscience: An Overview of the Issues    
    Chapter 2. Individuals: The Case of the Murdering Brain               
    Chapter 3. Groups: The Case of the Adolescent Brain     

    Part II. Brain, Behavior, and Responsibility

    Chapter 4. Relationships of Law, Science, and Behavior 
    Chapter 5. Behavior and Responsibility: Views from Law and Neuroscience         
    Chapter 6. Neuroscience in the Courtroom: Assessing Scientific Evidence             

    Part III. Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience

    Chapter 7. Brain Structure and Brain Function    
    Chapter 8. Brain Monitoring and Manipulation  
    Chapter 9. Limits and Cautions  

    Part IV. Core Themes in Law and Neuroscience

    IV.A. The Injured Brain

    Chapter 10. Brain Death
    Chapter 11. Brain Injury
    Chapter 12. Pain and Distress

    IV.B. The Thinking and Feeling Brain

    Chapter 13. Memory
    Chapter 14. Emotions
    Chapter 15. Lie Detection
    Chapter 16. Judging

    IV.C. The Developing and Addicted Brain

    Chapter 17. Adolescent Brains
    Chapter 18. Addicted Brains

    Part V. The Future

    Chapter 19. Cognitive Enhancement
    Chapter 20. Brain-Machine Interface and Law
    Chapter 21. Artificial Intelligence and Law

    Appendix: How to Read a Brain Imaging Study
    Table of Cases


  • Author Information

    Jeffrey D. Schall

    Jeffrey D. Schall is the E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Neuroscience at Vanderbilt University where he joined the faculty in 1989 after earning a Ph.D. in Anatomy at the University of Utah followed by postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Schall's research aims to understand how the brain guides and controls actions by monitoring the signals in the frontal lobe during performance of visual search and countermanding tasks. His current work is addressing these questions: How does the brain choose where to look? How does the brain produce attention and awareness? How does the brain control whether and when to produce a movement? How does the brain know when it makes a mistake? His research accomplishments have been recognized by awards from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience, and the Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences. He is a fellow of the Association of Psychological Science. Schall’s interests in the implications of his research led to participation in the MacArthur Foundation Law and Neuroscience Project.

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    Francis X. Shen

    Dr. Francis X. Shen is a McKnight Land-Grant Professor and Associate Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota, and he also serves as Executive Director of Education and Outreach for the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience. Previous to Minnesota, he taught at Tulane Law School, Vanderbilt Law School, and Harvard University. During graduate school he was a doctoral fellow in the Harvard University Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy, supported by the National Science Foundation. From 2007-09, he was a teaching fellow, lecturer, and assistant director of undergraduate studies in the Harvard Department of Government and received five Certificates of Distinction for Excellence in Teaching from Harvard's Derek Bok Center. Dr. Shen conducts empirical and legal research at the intersection of law and neuroscience, exploring the implications of cognitive neuroscience for criminal law, tort, and legislation in the United States. Additional research areas of focus are criminal law and crime policy, and education law and policy. Dr. Shen’s research has been published in a variety of outlets in law, political science, psychology, and education. He has co-authored two books, The Education Mayor (Georgetown, 2007) and The Casualty Gap (Oxford, 2010).

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    Owen D. Jones

    Owen D. Jones holds the New York Alumni Chancellor’s Chair in Law at Vanderbilt University, where he is also a Professor of Biological Sciences. His work bridges law, biology, and behavior. His scholarship deepens understandings of behaviors that law aims to regulate by integrating social science and life science perspectives. Professor Jones’ work, both empirical and theoretical, is published in scientific as well as legal venues. He uses brain-imaging (fMRI), behavioral biology and behavioral economics to learn more about how the brain's varied operations affect behaviors relevant to law. Most recently, he co-discovered with colleagues at Vanderbilt the brain activity underlying decisions of whether to punish someone and, if so, how much. Professor Jones recently secured three grants from the MacArthur Foundation, totaling over five million dollars, to design, create and direct a new national Research Network on Law and Neuroscience. Before joining the legal academy, he clerked for Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and practiced law with the D.C. law firm Covington & Burling.

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