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Law and Neuroscience
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Type

other/none

Credits

2/3 cr.

Student Year

2L/3L

Description:

What are adolescents, psychopaths and white-collar fraud artists thinking? Why does emotional trauma for victims of abuse last so long? Whey is eye-witness memory so poor? Do violent video games lead to violent children? How can you get into the heads of the judge and jury? Lawyer and courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, are already integrating neuroscience research into their arguments and opinions on questions such as these. This class will introduce the exciting new field of "neurolaw" by covering issues such as neuroscience of criminal culpability, brain-based lie detection, cognitive enhancement, emotions, decision making, and much more. Along the way we'll discuss how the legal system can and should respond to new insights on topics as adolescent brain development, addiction, psychopathy, Alzheimer's, effects of combat on soldiers' brains, and concussions from sports injuries. (Note that all scientific material in class will be presented in an accessible manner, so no previous science background is required.)
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Fall 2014: Law and Neuroscience

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Type

SEM

Credits

2

Senior Writing?

Yes

Student Year

2L/3L

Details:

Students in the 2-credit Fall 2014 seminar will be required to write a final paper (minimum 20 pages); no exam option will be offered. Students in neuroscience, psychology, and related programs should contact Prof. Shen directly if interested in taking the seminar.

For additional course information, see: http://www.fxshen.com/?page_id=916

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Fall 2013: Law and Neuroscience

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Type

LEC

Credits

3

Student Year

2L/3L

TWEN

lawschool.westlaw.com... courseid=162801

Details:

What are adolescents, psychopaths and white-collar fraud artists thinking? Why does emotional trauma for victims of abuse last so long? Whey is eye-witness memory so poor? Do violent video games lead to violent children? How can you get into the heads of the judge and jury? Lawyer and courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, are already integrating neuroscience research into their arguments and opinions on questions such as these. This class will introduce the exciting new field of "neurolaw" by covering issues such as neuroscience of criminal culpability, brain-based lie detection, cognitive enhancement, emotions, decision making, and much more. Along the way we'll discuss how the legal system can and should respond to new insights on topics as adolescent brain development, addiction, psychopathy, Alzheimer's, effects of combat on soldiers' brains, and concussions from sports injuries. (Note that all scientific material in class will be presented in an accessible manner, so no previous science background is required.) Also note: Students in the Fall 2013 course will have an option of either taking a final exam or writing a final paper (minimum 20 pages). For additional course information, see: http://www.fxshen.com/?page_id=916

Documents and Readings:

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  • The Student's Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience
    Location: Reserve Stacks
    Author(s): Gazzaniga, Michael S
    Call Number: QP360.5 .G39 2009
    Barcode: 31951D03197466X
    ISBN 13: 9780393111361
  • Academic Legal Writing...
    Location: Reserve Stacks
    Author(s): Volokh, Eugene
    Call Number: KF250 .V65 2010
    Barcode: 31951D03023482W
    ISBN 13: 9781599417509

Fall 2012: Law and Neuroscience

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Type

LEC

Credits

3

Student Year

2L/3L

TWEN

lawschool.westlaw.com... courseid=138249

Details:

For the first day of class, please read Chapter 1 in Law and Neuroscience: Introduction to Law and Neuroscience. A .pdf file of the readings is posted to the course TWEN site, and will also be made available for pickup for hard copy.

Documents and Readings:

  • Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind
    Location: Reserve Stacks
    Author(s): Gazzaniga, Michael S
    Call Number: QP360.5 .G39 2009
    Barcode: 31951D03197491Y
  • The Student's Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience
    Location: Reserve Stacks
    Author(s): Jamie Ward
    Call Number: QP360.5 .W37 2010
    Barcode: 31951D03197466X
    ISBN 13: 9781848720022
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