Law And The Brain

Paperback | February 23, 2006

EditorSemir Zeki, Oliver Goodenough

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The past 20 years have seen unparalleled advances in neurobiology, with findings from neuroscience being used to shed light on a range of human activities - many historically the province of those in the humanities and social sciences - aesthetics, emotion, consciousness, music. Applying thisnew knowledge to law seems a natural development - the making, considering, and enforcing of law of course rests on mental processes. However, where some of those activities can be studied with a certain amount of academic detachment, what we discover about the brain has considerable implicationsfor how we consider and judge those who follow or indeed flout the law - with inevitable social and political consequences. There are real issues that the legal system will face as neurobiological studies continue to relentlessly probe the human mind - the motives for our actions, our decisionmaking processes, and such issues as free will and responsibility. This volume represents a first serious attempt to address questions of law as reflecting brain activity, emphasizing that it is the organization and functioning of the brain that determines how we enact and obey laws. It applies the most recent developments in brain science to debates over criminalresponsibility, cooperation and punishment, deception, moral and legal judgment, property, evolutionary psychology, law and economics, and decision-making by judges and juries. Written and edited by leading specialists from a range of disciplines, the book presents a groundbreaking and challengingnew look at human behaviour.

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The past 20 years have seen unparalleled advances in neurobiology, with findings from neuroscience being used to shed light on a range of human activities - many historically the province of those in the humanities and social sciences - aesthetics, emotion, consciousness, music. Applying thisnew knowledge to law seems a natural develop...

Semir Zeki is at Department of Anatomy, University College, London, UK. Oliver Goodenough is at School of Law, University of Vermont, South Royalton, USA.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.45 × 6.61 × 0.67 inPublished:February 23, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198570112

ISBN - 13:9780198570110

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Semir Zeki and Oliver Goodenough: Law and the Brain - an introductionIntroductory Essays2. Morris Hoffman: The neuroeconomic path of the law3. Erin O'Hara: How neuroscience might advance the lawLaw, Biology and the Brain4. Robert Hinde: Law and the sources of morality5. Owen Jones: Law, evolution and the brain: applications and open questions6. Oliver Goodenough and Kristin Prehn: A neuroscientific approach to normative judgment in law and justiceNeuroeconomics and Law7. Terrence Chorvath and Kevin McCabe: The brain and the law8. Paul Zak: NeuroeconomicsDecision Making and Evidence9. Jonathan Fugelsang and Kevin Dunbar: A cognitive neuroscience framework for understanding causal reasoning and the lawTruthfulness10. Sean Spence et al: A cognitive neurobiological account of deception: evidence from functional neuroimagingProperty in Biology and the Brain11. Jeffrey Stake: The property 'instinct'Criminal Responsibility and Punishment12. Joshua Greene and Jonathan Cohen: For the law, neuroscience changes nothing and everything13. Robert Sapolsky: The frontal cortex and the criminal justice system14. Abigail Baird and Jonathan Fugelsang: The emergence of consequential thought: evidence from neuroscience15. Oliver Goodenough: Responsibility and punishment: whose mind? A response

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"This is an exciting new area of inquiry and this book is a great representation of this extremely interesting subject. I highly recommend it."--Doody's