Initiative on Neuroscience and LawI am founder and director of the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law, which studies how new discoveries in neuroscience should navigate the way we make laws, punish criminals, and develop rehabilitation. The project brings together a unique collaboration of neurobiologists, legal scholars, and policy makers, with the goal of building modern, evidence-based policy.

Along with my primary appointment at Baylor College of Medicine, I serve as a faculty affiliate at the Criminal Justice Institute at the University of Houston Law Center, as well as adjunct faculty in Social Sciences at Rice University.

The AtlanticFor more about our neurolaw research, read my manifesto in The Atlantic, watch the videos below, listen to an interview on Terry Gross' Fresh Air, or browse some of the articles from the Initiative:

For more detail on all our projects, please visit NeuLaw.org.

A talk on neurolaw at the RSA in London

   

A short interview on Reason.tv about the main issues in neurolaw

From the Blog

  • Q & A in New Scientist magazine
    Q & A in New Scientist magazine

    Read a Q&A with David in New Scientist to find out his latest ideas and advice to young scientists.

  • Silicon Immortality: Downloading Consciousness into Computers
    Silicon Immortality: Downloading Consciousness into Computers

    Well before we understand how brains work, we may find ourselves able to digitally copy the brain's structure and able to download the conscious mind into a computer. What are the possibilities and challenges?

  • Why public dissemination of science matters
    Why public dissemination of science matters

    Communicating science to the public can take time away from a busy research career. So why should scientists do it? I offer a manifesto of six reasons in the Journal of Neuroscience. 

  • Discussing dreaming with Henry Rollins
    Discussing dreaming with Henry Rollins

    I recently spent an evening speaking at the Rubin Museum in NYC with punk rock legend, writer, and spoken word artist Henry Rollins.  We discussed the origin, meaning, neuroscience, and bizarreness of dreams. 

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