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Saks to give two talks at Cornell University
will give two presentations at Cornell University on Oct. 2.
His presentation to the faculty of Cornell Law School, titled “Can the Law Do Anything to Improve Patient Safety?” explores innovative ways the law might be able to help reduce in the number of injuries and deaths suffered by patients. Medical error has been the leading cause of accidental injury and death in the U.S. for decades, with no improvements despite the emergence of a patient safety movement within healthcare.
A second talk, to the Department of Human Development, "Are Juries Persuaded by Neuroscience Expert Evidence?," reports the findings of a series of eight experiments that Saks has conducted with various colleagues (from ASU, Stanford, Duke, Dartmouth, the University of New Mexico, and the RAND Corp.) with financial support from The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience. The studies found that, except in the context of capital sentencing, jurors are no more influenced by neuroscientists presenting brain scans than they are by other expert testimony.
Saks is a Regents’ Professor of Law and Psychology. His work has spanned a range of topics: decision heuristics and the trial process, jury decision making, sentencing, the behavior of the litigation system, law relating to iatrogenic injury, scientific and other expert evidence in the law, children's competence to consent, organ and tissue transplantation law and policy, vaccine injury compensation, and broader issues of accuracy in legal decision making.