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YOUR BRAIN, YOUR TEEN’S BRAIN & THE LAW! Secret Science Club presents the “Dana Foundation Neuroscience & Society Lecture” with Brain Experts Francis X. Shen & Adriana Galván

Margaret Mittelbach

Event Date + Time:
March 14 @ 8:00 pm - March 14 @ 9:45 pm

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Event Description:

Live Online! Secret Science Club presents the “Dana Foundation Neuroscience & Society Lecture” with Brain Experts Francis X. Shen & Adriana Galván (in honor of Brain Awareness Week)

Join us live via Zoom on Tuesday, March 14 @ 8PM (Eastern Time USA) "Doors" open at 7:30PM

To sign up for this live online program, send an email to secretscienceclub[at] and we will send you the Zoom link!

At the next Secret Science Club Online, pioneering researchers Francis Shen and Adriana Galván discuss groundbreaking discoveries about the adolescent brain—and how these scientific insights are affecting our legal system, public policy, and society. They ask:

–What’s going on in the brains of teens and young adults?
–What impact does stress have on the adolescent brain?
–How does the young adult brain evaluate risk-taking and rewards?
–In what ways is neuroscientific research on the developing brain influencing laws, court decisions, and sentencing guidelines?
–How are insights about the adolescent brain affecting young people themselves—in terms of legal culpability and incarceration, age restrictions for controlled substances, and their rights to make decisions about their own medical care?


Francis X. Shen is a professor at Harvard Medical School’s Center for Bioethics and an affiliated faculty member at Harvard Law School. He is a pioneer in establishing the interdisciplinary field of law and neuroscience, and conducts research on how insights from neuroscience and artificial intelligence can make the legal system more just and effective. In 2021, he was awarded the Early Career Scholars Medal from the American Law Institute. He is the director of Harvard’s Shen Lab: Law, Ethics, Neuroscience & Artificial Intelligence, where the motto is “every story is a brain story.”

Adriana Galván is a professor of psychology and dean of undergraduate education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). An expert on the adolescent brain and the author of over 100 scientific papers, she has made seminal discoveries about brain development in children, teens, and adults. In 2019, she received the Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Her research on the adolescent brain has played a central role in landmark Supreme Court decisions regarding the culpability and punishment of juvenile offenders.

–Mix up our cocktail and (mocktail!) of the night, the “Legal Limit” (recipes will be posted on Secret Science Club’s website)
–Groove to synapse-soothing tunes
–Bring your questions for the live Q&A
–Learn how you can participate in Brain Awareness Week, the global campaign to foster public enthusiasm and support for brain science

This mind-blowing edition of Secret Science Club — the “Dana Foundation Neuroscience & Society Lecture” in honor of Brain Awareness Week — is supported by the Dana Foundation as part of its Dana Education program, which includes the coordination of Brain Awareness Week. The Dana Foundation is dedicated to advancing neuroscience and society by supporting cross-disciplinary intersections such as neuroscience and ethics, law, policy, humanities, and arts.

This is a FREE event.

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Event Sponsor(s):

Dana Foundation

Type(s) of Event:

Lecture/Briefing, Online/Virtual, Other

Other Type(s) of Event:

Talk, Conversation, and Audience Q&A!


General Public, Other

Other Audiences:

This talk is for the general public, but may also be of special interest to parents, teachers, college & high school students, and people who work with teens and emerging adults.

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Name: Margaret Mittelbach



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