It is with much pleasure that I write the foreword for this Symposium in the Akron Law Review. The authors were each presenters at the Neuroscience, Law & Government Conference, held at The University of Akron School of Law in September, 2008. The articles in this edition of Akron Law Review are as diverse as the presentations themselves, and provide a fascinating glimpse into various ways in which neuroscience is making inroads in both law and government. The explosion of neuroscience and neuroimaging discoveries this decade is nothing short of remarkable, leading one prominent scientist to term the last several years “the decade of the mind.” Neuroscience has become a dominant aspect of scientific inquiry—there are now over 35,000 members of the Society for Neuroscience, a group which integrates scholarly work from scientific, mathematic, psychological, medical, and computer-based disciplines. The emergence of functional magnetic resonance imaging, commonly termed “fMRI,” has substantially affected basic cognitive neuroscience research. Indeed, according to an article published in Nature in 2008, it appears as though there are roughly 19,000 peer-reviewed articles that may have used fMRI in some capacity.
Moriarty, Jane Campbell
"Foreword to the Neuroscience, Law & Government Symposium,"
Akron Law Review: Vol. 42
, Article 1.
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