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The Impact of Behavioral Sciences on Criminal Law
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The Impact of Behavioral Sciences on Criminal Law

Nita A. Farahany

Abstract

New discoveries from neuroscience and behavioral genetics are besieging criminal law. Novel scientific perspectives on criminal behavior could transform the criminal justice system and yet are being introduced in an ad hoc and often ill-conceived manner. Bringing together experts across multiple disciplines, including geneticists, neuroscientists, philosophers, policymakers, and legal scholars, this book contains a collection of chapters that address the emerging science from behavioral genetics and neuroscience and its developing impact on the criminal justice system. The chapters survey how ... More

Keywords: neuroscience, behavioral genetics, criminal law, criminal behavior, criminal justice system, policy issues, ethical issues

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195340525
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340525.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nita A. Farahany, editor
Vanderbilt University

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Contents

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Part One THE SCIENCE OF CRIMINAL CONDUCT

1 Behavioral Genetics: The Science of Antisocial Behavior

Laura A. Baker, Serena Bezdjian, and Adrian Raine

Part Two CONSIDERING THE BROADER CONTEXT

Part Three REVISITING CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY

7 Genetics, Neuroscience, and Criminal Responsibility

Nita A. Farahany, and James E. Coleman, Jr.

Part Four IMPLICATIONS FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND SOCIETY

9 Genomics, Behavior, and Testimony at Criminal Trials

William Bernet, and Anas Alkhatib