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A Primer on Criminal Law and NeuroscienceA contribution of the Law and Neuroscience Project, supported by the MacArthur Foundation$
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Stephen J. Morse and Adina L. Roskies

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199859177

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199859177.001.0001

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Criminal Responsibility, Criminal Competence, and Prediction of Criminal Behavior

Criminal Responsibility, Criminal Competence, and Prediction of Criminal Behavior

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(p.150) 6 Criminal Responsibility, Criminal Competence, and Prediction of Criminal Behavior
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A Primer on Criminal Law and Neuroscience
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Stephen J. Morse

William T. Newsome

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199859177.003.0006

This chapter systematically addresses the current relevance of neuroscience to the doctrines of criminal responsibility and competence and the practice of predicting criminal conduct. It offers a framework for thinking about how neuroscientific information may be relevant to these doctrines and practices. It cautiously concludes that in most instances current neuroscience is not able to help adjudicate questions of responsibility and competence.

Keywords:   Act, mens rea (mental state), justification, excuse, competence, sentencing, prediction, legal relevance

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