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Law & Behavioral Biology Speaker Series

The Law and Behavioral Biology Speaker Series, directed by Owen Jones , is a resource to the larger Vanderbilt community, including faculty and students in law, biology, psychology, neuroscience, economics, anthropology, philosophy, among other fields.

Invited speakers are experts on the biological dimensions of various matters relevant to law, such as choice and decision making, neuroeconomics, violence, mental illness, the sense of fairness and justice, morality, brain imaging, the use in law of scientific evidence, and the like.

Carter Snead Cognitive Neuroscience PosterCognitive Neuroscience and the Future of Punishment - A talk by O. Carter Snead , Professor of Law, Notre Dame University Law School - A Hyatt Fund event cosponsored by the Law and Behavioral Biology Speaker Series, Vanderbilt Brain Institute, Vanderbilt Interdepartmental Group on Law and Neuroscience and the Vanderbilt Department of Psychology - March 13, 2012

Immaturities in Voluntary Responses and Incentive Processing in Adolescence: Implications to Juvenile Law - Beatriz Luna , Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, April 2, 2010

Darwin Day Conference - February 19, 2010

Testing Darwin with Mathematical Models: Dynamics of Ecological Speciation - Sergey Gavrilets , Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Mathematics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Darwinian Revelation: A primer to Darwin's “One Long Argument" - Jim Costa, Professor of Biology, Western Carolina University

Is Darwinism Past it's Sell-by Date? - Michael Ruse, Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor & Director of HPS Program, Florida State University

Conference on Evolution, Morality, and Biolegal History - April 18, 2009

Benign Beliefs, Destructive Desires: A Mental State Model of Forgiveness and Blame - Liane Young , Post-doctoral Associate, Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, MIT

Mysteries of Morality - Robert Kurzban , Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

Moral Grammar and Intuitive Jurisprudence: A Formal Model of Unconscious Moral and Legal Knowledge - John Mikhail , Associate Professor, Georgetown University Law School

Evolution, Biolegal History, and the Deep Structure of Law - Robin Bradley Kar , Professor of Jurisprudence and Law, Loyola Law School

Outcome vs. Intent: Which Do We Punish, and Why? - Fiery Cushman , Post-Doctoral Fellow, Mind, Brain & Behavior Initiative, Harvard University

The Neural Correlates of Third-Party Punishment - Joshua W. Buckholtz, Ph.D. Candidate, Neuroscience, Vanderbilt University

Is Man a Wolf to Man? � Morality and the Social Behavior of Our Fellow Primates - Dr. Frans B. M. de Waal, C. H. Candler Professor, Emory University

Behavioral Biases and the Market Behavior of Non-Human Primates - Keith Chen , Associate Professor of Economics, Yale School of Management, January 20, 2009

Neuroscience Meets the Criminal Justice System: Functional Brain Scans as Evidence in Capital Litigation - Helen Mayberg, Professor of Psychiatry Neurology, Emory University, October 2, 2008

Brain Imaging and the Criminal Psychopath: Assessment, Recidivism, and Neurobiology - Kent Kiehl , Associate Professor of Psychology, University of New Mexico, September 19, 2008

The Moral Brain: Its Structures & Quirks - Joshua Greene , Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. Co-sponsored with the Law & Human Behavior Program - January 31, 2008

Audience Effects on Moralistic Punishment - Robert Kurzban , Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Pennsylvania -. September 28, 2007

Sexual Aversions, Moral Sentiments, and Altruism: The Evolution of Kin Detection in Humans - Debra Lieberman , University of Hawaii Department of Psychology - January 29, 2007

How the Brain Makes Up its Mind: On the Neural Basis of Deciding, Choosing, and Acting - Jeff Schall, Ingram Professor of Neuroscience, Vanderbilt University, April 7, 2006

Fairness and Prosocial Behavior in Nonhuman Primates - Sarah Brosnan , Assistant Professor of Psychology, Georgia State University, March 17, 2006

Close Encounters of the Adolescent Kind - Abigail Baird , Assistant Professor of Psychology, Vassar College, November 17, 2005

Neuroeconomics: Decisions, Uncertainty, and the Brain - Paul Glimcher , Professor of Neural Science, Economics and Psychology, New York University, October 7, 2005