“Educational Neuroscience and Judging.”  Advances in brain science show that reason and emotion often are interrelated –employing the new term, “emotive cognition.” Things such as narrative and implicit bias can influence the thinking process.  This GEM explores some advances in understanding how the brain works and how these advances apply to judicial decision-making.


Steven Friedland currently is a Senior Scholar and Professor of Law at the Elon University School of Law and an Adjunct Professor at Wake Forest University School of Law. Professor Friedland has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and as an Assistant Director of the Office of Legal Education in the Department of Justice. A member of the American Law Institute and author of books on Constitutional Law, Evidence, Criminal Law and Legal Education, he received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an L.LM and J.S.D. in Law, Medicine and Psychiatry from Columbia Law School.  He was one of twenty-six law professors profiled in the Harvard U. Press book, What the Best Law Teachers Do.

Note to Viewers: This video is made available to promote education and discussion on issues related to state intermediate courts of appeal.  The views expressed in the video, however, are strictly those of the Presenter and do not reflect any opinion of the Council or its members on any issue.