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Adolescent and Young Adult Neurodevelopment: Implications and Quandaries for Law and Policy
Tuesday, October 27, 2020|3:00 pm - 4:30 pm UTC
Dr. Robert Kinscherff
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
3:00 – 4:30 PM
Co-sponsored with the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital, this Zoom program is the third seminar of the Neuroscience and Law Series for Massachusetts Judges.
There has been both increasing legal interest and additional scientific research in the developmental neuroscience of adolescence and young adulthood since the SCOTUS decisions in Roper v. Simmons (2005) and Miller v. Alabama (2014). Developmental neuroscience is increasingly introduced in policy debates and courtrooms on a wide range of issues. These include: the age of criminal jurisdiction; procedural safeguards during custodial interrogations and prosecutions; the relative culpability of youth and young adults for criminal misconduct; applicability of legal doctrines such as felony murder and joint venture; and, acceptable conditions of confinement. This presentation offers a primer on essential aspects of developmental neuroscience and identifies opportunities, challenges, and quandaries that this sciences raises for law and policy.
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