Call for Papers: Neuroscience of Decision Making and the Law

Behavioral Sciences and the Law announces a forthcoming special issue on the neuroscience of decision making and the law, to be co-edited by Steven K. Erickson, J.D., LL.M., Ph.D. and Alan R. Felthous, M.D., Manuscripts that address the following issues are especially welcome: Neuroscience and neuroimaging results of areas of moral judgment; the impact and limitations of such finings on legally relevant behavior; neuropsychiatric, neuropsychological and genetic disorders which impinge on intent and responsibility. Original research reports and forensically relevant literature reviews will be included. The deadline for submission is July 1, 2008.
In addition to clinically relevant manuscripts examining the above issues, legal reviews and scholarly essays examining the interplay between relevant scientific findings and historic or contemporary legal norms are also sought. In particular, essays which explore the development of concepts of intentionality and responsibility in light of salient scientific findings are welcome. Such manuscripts should incorporate recent findings from the neuroscience field.

Manuscripts could be 20 to 30 doubled-spaced typewritten pages and should comply with the editorial and referencing style of the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association or the Harvard Law Review’s Association’s The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (but not both). Specific style requirements can be found in a recent copy of the journal, or can be obtained via direct communication with any of the journal’s editors.

To expedite processing, submit the manuscript electronically. Authors should use e-mail attachments, with the manuscript readable in Windows-based MS Word or Word Perfect formats. If using postal mail, submit manuscript in triplicate with two copies prepared for blind review, to either of the special issues editors, Steven K. Erickson, J.D., LL.M., Ph.D. or Alan R. Felthous, M.D. who can be reached at:

Steven K. Erickson, J.D., LL.M., Ph.D.
Yale University/VA Healthcare Network
950 Campbell Ave, Building #35
West Haven, CT 06516
Tel: (203) 321-5298
e-mail: steven.erickson|at|

Alan R. Felthous, M.D.
Division of Forensic Psychiatry
Department of Neurology and Psychiatry
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
1438 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63104 USA
Tel: (314) 977-4825
Fax: (314) 977-4876
e-mail: felthous|at|

The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2008