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A Primer on Criminal Law and Neuroscience: A contribution of the Law and Neuroscience Project, supported by the MacArthur Foundation

Stephen J. Morse and Adina L. Roskies


This reference volume is the first devoted to comprehensively providing criminal lawyers and judges with the current, basic neuroscientific and legal knowledge they will need to evaluate arguments that are based on neuroscientific evidence. Each chapter is written by noted experts. A general introduction first provides a framework for thinking about the relation of neuroscience to the criminal law. Three chapters address basics of the brain and nervous system and the investigative techniques neuroscientists use to study the brain and its relation to behavior, with one chapter devoted to neuroi ... More

Keywords: Criminal law, neuroscientific evidence, neuroimaging, "mind-reading," criminal responsibility, delinquency, addiction

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199859177
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199859177.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen J. Morse, editor
University of Pennsylvania

Adina L. Roskies, editor

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1 Neuroscience Basics

Annabelle M. Belcher, and Adina L. Roskies

2 Brain Imaging Techniques

Adina L. Roskies

7 Adolescent Competence and Culpability

Barry C. Feld, B. J. Casey, and Yasmin L. Hurd

9 Neuroscience and The Law

Adina L. Roskies, and Stephen J. Morse

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