Programs: Science and Policy
AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program
The Neuroscience and Society Series
2013: The Adolescent Brain
2013: Neuroscience & the Law
2012: Traumatic Brain Injury
2012: The Aging Brain
The Neuroscience and Society series is a partnership between the Dana Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
What are They Thinking? Exploring the Adolescent Brain
Neuroscience and the Law [April 25, 2013]
Research on the brain has shed new light on the relationship between our thoughts, feelings, and behavior. These advances have not been lost on the legal system, where they raise serious issues for the law, from matters relating to the admissibility of evidence to decisions about criminal culpability. Speakers at this event addressed what neuroscience can and cannot tell us about human behavior; the ways in which neuroscience is entering the courtroom; and the challenges this emerging knowledge poses for the trier of fact. Visit the event page.
The Science and Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury [October 23, 2012]
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has been the recent focus of many in the neuroscience research community, professional sports world and the military. Speakers at this event discussed the current state of neuroscience research on TBI in the context of sport and combat; the areas of research that seem most promising for preventing and treating TBI; and a personal account of the effects of TBI on U.S. soldiers. Visit the event page.
The Aging Brain: What's New in Brain Research, Treatment and Policy? [June 23, 2012]
As scientists continue to make advances in neuroscience, they are learning more about how the aging brain functions in health and disease. Speakers at this event discussed what we know at the basic research level; what we still need to determine; how we can apply scientific findings to the clinical setting; and how we must develop humane and effective policies nationwide as our population ages. The progress of this research will touch all of us as we age, become caretakers for family members and friends, and remain engaged citizens in helping to determine local and national policy. Visit the event page.
(page updated 05/23/2013)