The initiative on Neuroscience and Law has four prongs:
₪ Development of new technologies: The initiative will fuel new experiments leveraging Baylor’s areas of expertise – for example, neuroimaging for the prediction of recidivism, and real-time brain feedback for rehabilitation. Individual projects are expected to generate new funding from the NSF, NIH, and private foundations. The projects will be well positioned within BCM’s world-class facilities for neuroscience, psychiatry, and functional brain imaging.
₪ Local and national outreach: We recently hosted hosted a several-hundred person conference of experts in law, policy and neurobiology. Dr. Eagleman, the director of the Initiative, speaks regularly to conclaves of judges and lawyers at the state at federal levels.
₪ Teaching: We teach a yearly Law, Brains and Behavior course. Participants include graduate and medical students from BCM and Rice, law students from the University of Houston, and professional lawyers, physicians, and clinical psychologists.
₪ Fellowships: We fund year-long fellowship positions for the detailed study of issues at the interface of brain and law. These fellowships generate experiments at the law/neuroscience interface that directly inform new policy.