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Brain science is rapidly becoming central to our understanding of how we make decisions, why we act, and why we sometimes behave in ways we wish we hadn’t. Lawyers, public policy makers, and the courts, including the US Supreme Court, have all taken notice and are already integrating neuroscience research into their arguments and opinions, asking questions such as: What are adolescents, psychopaths, and killers thinking? How does dementia affect legal capacity? Why is eye-witness memory so poor? 

Legislators are also listening as they work to address mental health, addiction, dementia, prenatal care, education, and a host of other social policies.

According to Dr. Francis X. Shen, it’s clear that neuroscience will revolutionize the law, but how? He cautions, “Better understanding of brain function offers great promise—but also great peril,” noting there are “principles by which brain science should (and should not) be embraced by courts, legislatures, and citizens.”

Join us November 7, when Shen, a neurolaw pioneer, will introduce the University of Minnesota’s cutting-edge role in this emerging field at the intersection of law and neuroscience. Topics will include criminal culpability, adolescent brain development, aging brains and capacity, brain-based lie detection, cognitive enhancement, memory, emotions, decision making, and more.

Dr. Francis X. Shen, JD, Harvard Law School; PhD, Harvard University, is the executive director of the Harvard Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior, and an Associate Professor of Law, McKnight Presidential Fellow, and faculty member in the Graduate Program in Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota, where the Shen Neurolaw Lab conducts empirical and legal research. The lab’s mission: to translate advances in brain science into better law and policy. In Minnesota, Shen is currently leading a statewide research project to improve youth sports concussion policy.

The coauthor of three books, including the first Law and Neuroscience casebook (Aspen, 2014), Shen has published articles on a range of neurolaw topics, including memory and lie detection, cognitive enhancement, criminal justice, brain injury, evidentiary admissibility, juror decision-making, criminal mental states, dementia, and mental health. He also has published seven articles and a book on American war casualties and is a member of the All-Volunteer Force Forum, an apolitical network of security experts, military officers, academics, and concerned citizens who examine methodology for populating the US Armed Forces.

As the Executive Director of Education and Outreach for the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience and a member of the National Institutes of Health Neuro-ethics Subgroup, Shen speaks internationally about this emerging field.

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Headliners takes place monthly, October through May (no event in January), at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the University's Saint Paul campus. Dates for the 2019−20 season are October 10, November 7, December 5, February 6, March 5, April 2, and May 7. Individual event tickets are $20. Subscribe to the series by October 10 and get tickets to all seven events for $90. (A savings of $50!)

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