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Law, Responsibility, and the Brain


Dean Mobbs


University College London - Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging

Hakwan C. Lau


University College London - Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging

Owen D. Jones


Vanderbilt University - Law School & Dept. of Biological Sciences

Christopher D. Frith


University College London - Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging


PLoS Biology, Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 693-700, April 2007

Abstract:     
This article addresses new developments in neuroscience, and their implications for law. It explores, for example, the relationships between brain injury and violence, as well as the connections between mental disorders and criminal behaviors. It discusses a variety of issues surrounding brain fingerprinting, the use of brain scans for lie detection, and concerns about free will. It considers the possible uses for, and legal implications of, brain-imaging technology. And it also identifies six essential limits on the use of brain imaging in courtroom procedures.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 8

Keywords: law, neuroscience, neurolaw, brain, fMRI, brain-scanning, behavior, crime, criminal law, violence, neuroeconomics, behavioral biology, free will, law and biology, responsibility

JEL Classification: K00, K14, K40, K42

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Date posted: May 1, 2007  

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Mobbs, Dean and Lau, Hakwan C. and Jones, Owen D. and Frith, Christopher D., Law, Responsibility, and the Brain. PLoS Biology, Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 693-700, April 2007. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=982487

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Dean Mobbs (Contact Author)
University College London - Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging ( email )
12 Queen Square
London WC1N 3BG, WC1N3BG
United Kingdom
Hakwan C. Lau
University College London - Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging ( email )
12 Queen Square
London WC1N 3BG, WC1N3BG
United Kingdom
Owen D. Jones
Vanderbilt University - Law School & Dept. of Biological Sciences ( email )
131 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203-1181
United States
Christopher D. Frith
University College London - Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging ( email )
12 Queen Square
London WC1N 3BG, WC1N3BG
United Kingdom
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