The Third Annual Psychology Interdisciplinary Events Symposium

On behalf of Psychology in Action, it is our pleasure to invite all members of the UCLA Psychology Department to our third annual interdisciplinary symposium, "Criminally Minded: The Psychology and Law of Culpability".  The event will be held on May 16 from 4-6pm in the CNSI Auditorium (in the Court of Sciences), with a reception with free food and drink to follow.  The speakers include two of our very own professors, Drs. Phil Goff and Jesse Rissman, as well as two legal scholars from USC Gould School of Law, Jody Armour and Dan Simon.


The effects of psychological and social factors on human interaction are of extreme importance to criminal law. This symposium explores one of the most fundamental aspects of criminal law, mens rea, which is the common requirement that culpability is determined by a "guilty mind." Our panel of experts in law, neuroimaging, and social psychology will discuss how their scholarship and research bears on mens rea issues, elaborating on the complex legal considerations and mental processes invoked in determining criminal culpability. The event will consist of four individual presentations, followed by a moderated Q&A panel with the speakers.


Jody David Armour, JD – USC Law
Phillip Atiba Goff, PhD – UCLA Psychology
Jesse Rissman, PhD – UCLA Psychology
Dan Simon, SJD – USC Law

We would like to thank the Campus Programs Committee for funding the symposium, CNSI for hosting us for the second year in a row, and PGSA and Greg Miller for their moral support and funding for our reception.

Event Location: 
CNSI Auditorium
Event Date and Time: 
Friday, May 16, 2014 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

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