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THE ADOLESCENT DECISION MAKING

AND LEGAL COMPETENCIES LAB

at Montclair State University

Welcome to the Adolescent Decision Making and Legal Competencies Lab

We are interested in how adolescents make decisions in legal contexts and the work that we do is broadly applied to criminal/juvenile justice issues, especially wrongful conviction of youth.  Our research program is collaborative and multidisciplinary, employing clinical, cognitive neuroscience (i.e., EEG) and social psychological methodologies both to understand the decision-making capacities of adolescents in the legal system and to discover how best to disseminate and communicate these data to policy makers.

 

Most recently, our work has focused almost exclusively on adolescent (and adult) decision making in the guilty plea context, but in general, our research program follows two interrelated strands: 1.) Identifying behavioral differences in the ways that adolescents and adults make decisions in legal contexts and 2.) Elucidating the neural-developmental mechanisms that underlie observed age-related differences in decision making.

CONTACT US

The Adolescent Decision Making and Legal Competencies Lab

                                                  

Director:              Tina M. Zottoli, Ph.D

Office:                 Montclair State University,

                              1 Normal Avenue, Dickson Hall - Room 231 

                              Montclair, NJ 07043

Lab Location:      Dickson Hall, Room 289

Email:                   Zottolit@montclair.edu

Phone:                 973-655-5204

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