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Murder in the Courtroom: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Violence

Brigitte Vallabhajosula


Recent neuroscientific advances, which have increased our understanding of how the human brain functions, have begun to intersect in important ways with the legal system. Indeed, a growing body of research suggests that cognitive dysfunction in particular may contribute to violent behavior, and many criminal defendants now use neuroimaging scans to negate, for example, mens rea. However, despite our growing knowledge of the cognitive abnormalities associated with violent behavior, it is as of yet not possible to determine with absolute certainty what was happening in an individual’s brain at t ... More

Keywords: cognitive dysfunction, violent behavior, neuroimaging, neuropsychological test, criminal trials, criminal defendants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199995721
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199995721.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brigitte Vallabhajosula, author
Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice, Consultant