Law and Cognitive Neuroscience

Oliver R. Goodenough

Vermont Law School

Micaela Tucker

Vermont Law School

December 2010

Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Vol. 6, pp. 61-92, 2010

Law and neuroscience (sometimes neurolaw) has become a recognized field of study. The advances of neuroscience are proving useful in solving some perennial challenges of legal scholarship and are leading to applications in law and policy. While caution is appropriate in considering neurolaw approaches, the new knowledge should - and will - be put to use. Areas of special attention in current neurolaw scholarship include (a) techniques for the objective investigation of subjective states such as pain, memory, and truth-telling; (b) evidentiary issues for admitting neuroscience facts and approaches into a court proceeding; (c) free will, responsibility, moral judgment, and punishment; (d) juvenile offenders; (e) addiction; (f) mental health; (g) bias; (h) emotion; and (i) the neuroeconomics of decision making and cooperation. The future of neurolaw will be more productive if challenges to collaboration between lawyers and scientists can be resolved.

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Date posted: November 14, 2010  

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Goodenough, Oliver R. and Tucker, Micaela, Law and Cognitive Neuroscience (December 2010). Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Vol. 6, pp. 61-92, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1708374 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev.lawsocsci.093008.131523

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Oliver R. Goodenough (Contact Author)
Vermont Law School ( email )
164 Chelsea Street
P.O. Box 96
South Royalton, VT 05068
United States
802 831 1231 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Our_Faculty/Faculty_Directory/Oliver_R_Goodenough.htm

Micaela Tucker
Vermont Law School ( email )
68 North Windsor Street
P.O. Box 60
South Royalton, VT 05068
United States

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