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2017 Glenn M. Weaver Symposium “Neuroscience in the Courtroom: The Public’s Understanding of the Brain”

May 12, 2017 8:30am - May 12, 2017 6:00pm
TUC Cinema, University of Cincinnati

Speaker: See below

CLE: 6.25

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Event is free and open to the public — no registration required.

The brain has become a pop-culture fixture in the 21st century, and as the general public learns about basic brain functioning, we can see changes in how we relate to our fellow citizens. Brain research has the potential to uproot many of the most fundamental assumptions, practices, and traditions in contemporary society. This potential is perhaps most clearly seen in our criminal justice system, as brain science brings into question our interpretation of the notions of responsibility, intention, guilt, even punishment. This workshop brings together scientists and legal scholars who study the use of neuroscience in our judicial system to examine how the public actually thinks about the brain and its implications for one of our most basic social structures.

Featured speakers include Deborah W. Denno (PhD/JD), Francis X. Shen (PhD/JD), Adina Roskies (PhD/LLM), Eyal Arahoni (PhD), and Valerie Gray Hardcastle (PhD).

Workshop Schedule

8:30Registration and coffee
9:00Adina L. Roskies, Professor of Philosophy, Chair of the Cognitive Science Program, and member of the Center for Social Brain Sciences at Dartmouth University.
“Should the Law Privilege Neuroscience over Psychology?”
10:15Coffee Break
10:30Eyal Arahoni, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Philosophy at Georgia State University
“Neurobiological Evidence in the Legal System: Lay Perceptions of Brain Data”
Noon - 1:30Lunch (on your own)
1:30Francis X. Shen, McKnight Land-Grant Professor and Associate Professor of Law and Philosophy, Executive Director of Education and Outreach for the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, and Director of the Neurolaw Lab at the University of Minnesota
“Liability for Sports Concussions: What Youth Leagues and School Districts Need to Know”
2:45Coffee Break
3:00Deborah W. Denno, Arthur A. McGivney Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Neuroscience and Law Center at Fordham University School of Law
“How Courts Use Neuroscience Evidence in Criminal Cases”
4:15Coffee Break
4:30Valerie Gray Hardcastle, Professor of Philosophy, Psychology, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience, Founding Director of the Health and Society Program, and Co-Director and Scholar-in-Residence of the Weaver Institute for Law and Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati
“Group-To-Individual Inferences (G2i) in Neuropsychological Expert Testimony: How the Legal System Understands Averaged Brain Data”


Read more about the Speakers and their talks here.