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Wonder Woman and our own Martha Farah, on Nature neuroscience podcast!

Dr. Martha Farah is interviewed on fMRI lie detection on this NeuroPod podcast.


The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, led by Penn's Amy Gutmann, seeks comments on neuroethics

Bioethics Commission Seeking Comments on Neuroethics. The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues is asking for public comment on the ethical considerations of neuroscience research and the application of neuroscience research findings. Comments are due on April 1.


Stephen Morse to receive APA's Isaac Ray Award

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to forensic psychiatry and the psychiatric aspects of jurisprudence, Penn Law Professor Stephen J. Morse has been selected to receive the Isaac Ray Award of the American Psychiatric Association.

The award, one of the highest honors in its field, is scheduled to be presented at the Association’s 167th annual meeting May 3-7 in New York.   His award lecture will address why neuroscience does not pose a fundamental challenge to the traditional practice of forensic psychiatry and psychology. To read more, please visit Penn News Today


ABA Journal: 'Penn Offers a Boot Camp on Brain Science'

2013 Boot Camp alumni Kevin Davis discusses the benefits of CNS Neuroscience Boot Camp for lawyers looking to navigate neuroscience-based legal claims in the American Bar Association Journal.


CNS Advisory Board Member Dr. Sanjay Gupta Takes a Stand on Drug Policy

After examining the scientific evidence, CNS Advisory Board member Dr. Sanjay Gupta has reversed his position on medical marijuana, saying " It doesn't have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications... We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that."



New York Times Reviews Raine's 'Anatomy of Violence'

The Anatomy of Violence, the latest book by CNS member Adrian Raine, has been praised for its important new insights into crime, the biology of human nature and the future of criminal justice. Read Paul Bloom's review in the New York Times Book Review Section here.


Conference on the Work of CNS's Stephen Morse

The work of CNS Associate Director Stephen Morse will be the focus of a neurolaw meeting this June in Florence, Italy.  The two-day meeting will bring together scholars in law, philosophy and psychiatry to discuss and celebrate Stephen's influential work on responsibility and criminal law.  For more information, see


CNS and the School of Arts and Sciences introduce SCAN

Penn's new certificate program in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) will enable graduate and professional students preparing for a wide range of careers to work knowledgeably with neuroscience. Rather than training future neuroscientists, the program’s aim is to supplement the education of people with expertise in other areas, enabling them to incorporate some of the concepts and methods of neuroscience into their work. The curriculum will focus on the aspects of neuroscience that have the most direct application to the understanding of human behavior, specifically cognitive and affective neuroscience. For more information, visit the SCAN information page or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Festschrift for Bob Sadoff

For their Summer 2012 installment, The Journal of Psychiatry and Law has published a special tribute issue to CNS faculty member Bob Sadoff, leader in forensic psychiatry, teacher to many and inspiration to all! Articles address issues including forcible medication, capacity assessment and ethics, all key issues for neuroscience and society.

Neuroscience on Capital Hill

CNS Director Martha Farah offers a neurological perspective on the effects of poverty on the developing brain at a recent Capitol Hill briefing co-sponsored by AAAS and the Dana Foundation. To watch the video of her presentation, follow this link.

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