Red States, Blue States, and Brain States

  title={Red States, Blue States, and Brain States},
  author={Francis X. Shen and Dena M. Gromet},
  journal={The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science},
  pages={101 - 86}
Advances in neuroscience are beginning to shape law and public policy, giving rise to the field of “neurolaw.” The impact of neuroscientific evidence on how laws are written and interpreted in practice will depend in part on how neurolaw is understood by the public. Drawing on a nationally representative telephone survey experiment, this article presents the first evidence on public approval of neurolaw. We find that the public is generally neutral in its support for neuroscience-based legal… 
A recap on Italian neurolaw: epistemological and ethical issues
Italy is in the forefront of forensic neuroscience practice among European nations. In recent years, the country presented two major criminal cases, the Trieste Case in 2009 and the Como Case in
Neuroimaging, Responsibility, and Law: How Neuroscientific Explanations Challenge the Fundaments of Legal Responsibility
This thesis introduces the controversy between the promise of neuroimaging in the courtroom and the concern that the neuroscientific explanations undermine the traditional legal notion of
Discord Over DNA: Ideological Responses to Scientific Communication about Genes and Race 1
Abstract The American public's beliefs about the causes of social inequality vary greatly, with debates over the causes of racial inequality tending to be the most salient and divisive. Among whites
The Analysis of Nonverbal Communication: The Dangers of Pseudoscience in Security and Justice Contexts
For security and justice professionals (e.g., police officers, lawyers, judges), the thousands of peer-reviewed articles on nonverbal communication represent important sources of knowledge. However,
Partisan Responses to Public Health Messages: Motivated Reasoning and Sugary Drink Taxes.
Motivated response was pronounced among Republicans who were plausibly previously exposed to the sugary drink tax debate, reinforcing the communication challenges in an increasingly politicized US health policy discourse.
Examining how people reason about controversial scientific topics
Abstract Improving scientific literacy requires examining both what people believe about scientific issues and why they hold those beliefs. We examined how people justified their agreement with
I: Political Science: Method and Theory/Science Politique: Méthodes et Théories
  • Sociology
  • 2015
In recent years, a widespread consensus has emerged about the necessity of establishing bridges between quantitative and qualitative approaches to empirical research in political science. We discuss
Governments in several countries take an increasing interest in ways in which they can strategically steer research and innovation activities to make significant progress towards addressing societal


The Law and Neuroscience Bibliography: Navigating the Emerging Field of Neurolaw†
In the past five years, we have witnessed extraordinary growth in the amount of legal scholarship, legal practice, and public policy at the intersection of law and neuroscience. For instance, in 2010
Will There Be a Neurolaw Revolution
The central debate in the field of neurolaw has focused on two claims. Joshua Greene and Jonathan Cohen argue that we do not have free will and that advances in neuroscience will eventually lead us
Law and Neuroscience in the United States
Neuroscientific evidence is increasingly reaching United States courtrooms in a number of legal contexts. Just in calendar year 2010, the U.S. legal system saw its first evidentiary hearing in
Neuroimaging and the 'Complexity' of Capital Punishment
The growing use of brain imaging technology to explore the causes of morally, socially, and legally relevant behavior is the subject of much discussion and controversy in both scholarly and popular
The Problem with Neurolaw
This article describes and critiques the increasingly popular program of reductive neuroLaw. Law has irrevocably entered the age of neuroscience. Various institutes and conferences are devoted to
Minds, Brains, and Law: The Conceptual Foundations of Law and Neuroscience
This is the table of contents and introductory chapter to our book, Minds, Brains, and Law: The Conceptual Foundations of Law and Neuroscience (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013). The book
Through a scanner darkly: functional neuroimaging as evidence of a criminal defendant's past mental states.
It is demonstrated that functional brain images should not currently be admitted as evidence into courts for this purpose, using the analytical framework provided by Federal Rule of Evidence 403 as a threshold to a Daubert/Frye analysis.
Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience
FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE IN SCIENCE What can't neuroscience tell us about ourselves? Since fMRI--functional magnetic resonance imaging--was introduced in the early 1990s, brain
Neuroimages as Evidence in a Mens Rea Defense: No Impact
Recent developments in the neuropsychology of criminal behavior have given rise to concerns that neuroimaging evidence (such as MRI and functional MRI [fMRI] images) could unduly influence jurors.
The frontal cortex and the criminal justice system.
  • R. Sapolsky
  • Psychology
    Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences
  • 2004
The role of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) in cognition, emotional regulation, control of impulsive behaviour and moral reasoning is focused on, and the consequences of PFC damage on these endpoints are reviewed.