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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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Misinformation, Misrepresentation, and Misuse of Human Bbehavioral Genetics Research

Misinformation, Misrepresentation, and Misuse of Human Bbehavioral Genetics Research

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(p.45) 2 Misinformation, Misrepresentation, and Misuse of Human Bbehavioral Genetics Research
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The Impact of Behavioral Sciences on Criminal Law
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Jonathan Kaplan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340525.003.0002

This chapter explores some of the limits of human behavioral genetics research, focusing on how these limits affect the reasonableness of the interpretations and uses of the research results. It argues that despite over a quarter-century of criticism of the methodological limitations of human behavioral genetics research and the weak evidence offered for linking particular variations in human behaviors to particular biological features, the standards required to publish and publicize particular claims in human behavioral genetics still remain disappointingly low. From a scientific perspective, behavioral genetics provides little relevant information regarding defendants in the criminal justice system.

Keywords:   behavioral genetics, human behavior, research techniques, methological limitations, genetics

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