Father’s Day in Neuroscience

Every year, on the third Sunday of June, we dedicate the day to showing appreciation for the male figures who have made countless contributions and sacrifices on our behalves. Whether it’s work in an office, at home, in a lab, or elsewhere, it’s important to acknowledge their diligence and commitment to serving others. In most academic disciplines, there are also significant individuals who have dedicated their lives to pursuing particular ideas that eventually led to major breakthroughs in that field.

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Neuroscience and Law: Promise and Perils

On Tuesday, April 16, neuroethics enthusiasts can attend a mini-symposium in San Francisco, “Neuroscience and Law: Promise and Perils.” Hosted by the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and part of its annual meeting (April 13-16), this session includes four talks that address “recent and exciting developments at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience and law.” Two of the talks will be given by Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives members B.J. Casey, Ph.D., and Martha Farah, Ph.D.

Dr. Casey, director of Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University will speak about the legal implications of our increasing understanding of adolescent decision-making and risk-taking. She discussed her research on this topic in a recent Dana Foundation briefing paper, “A Delicate Balance: Risks, Rewards, and the Adolescent Brain.”

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