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Bioprediction, Biomarkers, and Bad Behavior
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Bioprediction, Biomarkers, and Bad Behavior: Scientific, Legal, and Ethical Challenges

Ilina Singh, Walter P. Sinnott-Armstrong, and Julian Savulescu

Abstract

Many decisions in the legal system and elsewhere depend on predictions of bad behaviors, including crimes and mental illnesses. Some scientists have suggested recently that these predictions can become more accurate and useful if they are based in part on biological information, such as brain structure and function, genes, and hormones. The prospect of such bioprediction, however, raises serious concerns about errors and injustice. Can biological information significantly increase the accuracy of predictions of bad behavior? Will innocent or harmless people be mistakenly treated as if they wer ... More

Keywords: bioprediction, biomarkers, behavior, neuroscience, law, psychology, legal, crime, mental illness, ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199844180
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844180.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ilina Singh, editor
London School of Economics

Walter P. Sinnott-Armstrong, editor
Duke University

Julian Savulescu, editor
University of Oxford

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