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The Impact of Behavioral Sciences on Criminal Law$
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Nita A. Farahany

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195340525

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340525.001.0001

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Genetics, Neuroscience, and Criminal Responsibility

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(p.183) 7 Genetics, Neuroscience, and Criminal Responsibility
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The Impact of Behavioral Sciences on Criminal Law
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Nita A. Farahany

James E. Coleman, Jr.

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340525.003.0007

This chapter discusses practitioners' attempts to use behavioral genetics and neuroscience in U.S. criminal law cases, and explores the relationship between behavioral genetics, neuroscience, and criminal responsibility as it operates in the U.S. criminal justice system. It argues that irrespective of understanding the underlying contributions to human behavior, as a matter of criminal law theory, such evidence is unlikely to unhinge current assessments of criminal responsibility.

Keywords:   behavioral genetics, criminal law, criminal cases, criminal responsibility, US justice system

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