Law and Neuroscience Seminar - LAW 780

2 Hours

This seminar will examine legal issues arising at the intersection of law and neuroscience.  Advances in neuroscience have led to a rapidly growing understanding of the brain and its relationship with issues such as behavior, decision-making, reasoning, memory, and emotions.  Recent technological advances, including fMRI and other types of “brain-imaging,” have contributed to this rapid growth.  The field of law and neuroscience (or “neurolaw”) has been exploring the implications of the science for law and public policy.  This seminar will examine cutting-edge issues and proposals currently facing courts, lawyers, legislators, administrative agencies, and other policymakers.  These issues include assessments of criminal responsibility, insanity and capacity, juveniles, proving pain and other injuries, lie detection, memory, and practical issues in court (and in other litigation stages), among others.   There are no course prerequisites and no prior background in science is necessary or will be assumed.                 

Spring 2017 Section 025
Professor Michael S. Pardo
Syllabus for Spring 2017 section 025