Should the Science of Adolescent Brain Development Inform Legal Policy?

  1. This event was part of the Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience, cosponsored by the MGH Center for Law, Brain and Behavior and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.


    Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D., is the Distinguished University Professor and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University. He received his A.B. in Psychology from Vassar College and his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University. Dr. Steinberg is a former President of the Division of Developmental Psychology of the American Psychological Association and of the Society for Research on Adolescence, former Director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice, and a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Law and Neuroscience.

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Should the Science of Adolescent Brain Development Inform Legal Policy?

On Friday, November 13, Laurence Steinberg, PhD discussed the Supreme Court’s rationale in cases involving criminal culpability of juveniles, and the role that scientific evidence about adolescent brain development played in its decisions.

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