Law, Responsibility, and the Brain

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

8 Pages Posted: 1 May 2007  

Dean Mobbs

Columbia University

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

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.

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

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=982487

Dean Mobbs (Contact Author)

Columbia University ( email )

3022 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
United States

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

HOME PAGE: http://law.vanderbilt.edu/bio/owen-jones

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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