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One of world's leading authorities on psychological development to talk on adolescent brain development and the law

November 2, 2012

Laurence Steinberg, one of the world’s leading authorities on psychological development during adolescence and best-selling author, comes to the University of Minnesota on Nov. 15. Steinberg is a Distinguished University Professor and the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University. He will give his lecture, “Should the Science of Adolescent Brain Development Inform Legal Policy?” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the theater in Coffman Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis. The event is free and open to the public.

Studies of adolescent brain development have influenced debates on issues such as the constitutionality of the juvenile death penalty and whether minors should be able to obtain an abortion without parental consent.  In his lecture, Dr. Steinberg will offer an overview of the major changes in brain structure and function that take place during adolescence, and will discuss what neuroscience advances can tell us, if anything, about adolescent brain development beyond what we already know from behavioral science.

Steinberg was the lead scientist on the amicus curiae brief filed by the American Psychological Association in Roper v. Simmons, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that abolished the juvenile death penalty. He is the author of more than 300 articles and essays on growth and development during the teenage years, and the author or editor of 13 books, including Adolescence (McGraw-Hill), the leading college textbook on adolescent development.

Steinberg is a guest of the University’s Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences. He will be featured on MPR’s The Daily Current, 9 to 10 a.m., Nov. 15.

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