Workshop: Action and Responsibility in law and neuroscience – an interdisciplinary perspective

October 20th, 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm, University College London.

Organised by the Sense of Agency and Responsibility: integrating legal and neurocognitive accounts research grant.

This expert workshop will examine the contrasting ways in which science and law view decisions and actions.  Recent scientific research has clarified how the human brain makes decisions, and triggers actions.

How profoundly does this scientific picture depart from legal concepts of how people decide and act?  How should differences between legal and neuroscientific viewpoints be managed, and how should mechanistic scientific studies of human behaviour feed into wider society?

This half-day meeting brings together a group of leading scientific and legal thinkers, to debate these issues with academics and practitioners from psychiatry, psychology, law, neuroscience, and policy.


Dr Lisa Claydon, Open University
Professor Mike Gazzaniga, Sage Centre for the Study of the Mind, UCSB
Professor Patrick Haggard, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL
Professor Nicola Lacey, Faculty of Law, LSE


Professor David Ormerod, QMUL
Professor Barry C Smith, SAS, UoL

Attendance is free, but numbers are limited.  To register, please email sciculture[at]


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