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.
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
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