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New Issues in Law and Neuroscience

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 12:00pm to 1:15pm

Dye Lecture Hall, Science Center A162 119 Woodland Street

Please join the psychology department for a lecture by neuroscientist and legal scholar Owen Joneswho will discuss new issues, as well as interdisciplinary research, at the intersection of law and neuroscience.

From Professor Jones' faculty page at Vanderbilt Law School:  Owen Jones’ work bridges law, biology, and behavior. His scholarship deepens understandings of behaviors that law aims to regulate by integrating social science and life science perspectives. Professor Jones’ work, both empirical and theoretical, is published in scientific as well as legal venues.

Holding joint academic appointments, he uses brain-imaging (fMRI), behavioral biology and behavioral economics to learn more about how the brain's varied operations affect behaviors relevant to law. Most recently, he co-discovered with colleagues at Vanderbilt the brain activity underlying decisions of whether to punish someone and, if so, how much.

Professor Jones recently secured three grants from the MacArthur Foundation, totaling more than $5 million dollars, to design, create and direct a new national Research Network on Law and Neuroscience.

He came to Vanderbilt from Arizona State University, where he was Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar, professor of law, professor of biology, and Faculty Fellow of the Center for the Study of Law, Science and Technology.

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Academic, Law and Society, Neuroscience, Politics, Psychology



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