Murder in the Courtroom: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Violence

Paperback | February 13, 2015

byBrigitte Vallabhajosula

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Answers to many legal questions often depend on our understanding of the relationship between the human brain and behavior. While there is no evidence to suggest that violence is the sole result of cognitive impairment, research does suggest that frontal lobe impairment in particular maycontribute to the etiology of violent behavior.Murder in the Courtroom presents a comprehensive and detailed analysis of issues most relevant to answering questions regarding the link between cognitive functioning and violence. It is the first book to focus exclusively on the etiology and assessment of cognitive impairment in the context ofviolent behavior and the challenges courts face in determining the reliability of neuroscience evidence; provide objective discussions of currently available neuropsychological tests and neuroimaging techniques, and their strengths and limitations; provide a methodology for the assessment ofcognitive dysfunction in the context of violent behavior that is likely to withstand a Daubert challenge; and include detailed discussions of criminal cases to illustrate important points. Clinical and forensic psychologists and psychiatrists, cognitive neuroscientists, and legal professionals willbe able to use this book to further their understanding of the relationship between brain function and extreme violence.

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Answers to many legal questions often depend on our understanding of the relationship between the human brain and behavior. While there is no evidence to suggest that violence is the sole result of cognitive impairment, research does suggest that frontal lobe impairment in particular maycontribute to the etiology of violent behavior.Mu...

Brigitte Vallabhajosula, Ph.D., is a consultant in Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice. She holds master's degrees in Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice with specialization in Forensic Psychology. Dr. Vallabhajosula has an understanding of the development of PET radiotracers and their clinical...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.29 × 6.1 × 1.1 inPublished:February 13, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199995729

ISBN - 13:9780199995721

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Table of Contents

Prologue1. Violence, Free Will, and Legal Responsibility2. The Human Brain and Cognition3. The Basics of Neuroimaging4. Neuropsychological Assessment5. The Etiology and Neurobiology of Violence6. Violence and the Adolescent Brain7. The Admissibility of Scientific Evidence8. The Issue of Evidentiary Reliability9. Malingering and Its Assessment10. Neuroscience and the Law11. Linking Brain Functin and Behavior12. A Cautionary TaleReferencesAbout the AuthorIndex

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"Murder in the Courtroom offers an insightful view of the intersection of the law and the science related to violent behaviors. ... Today we are witnessing the rudimentary entry of neuroscience in the courtroom. Undoubtedly, increasingly sophisticated future incursions are certain. This textprovides a science-based structure for their interpretation. This scholarly work deserves serious consideration for students and scholars of mind, brain, society, and law." --Mony J. de Leon, EdD, Professor of Psychiatry and Founder and Director of the Center for Brain Health, NYU Langone Medical Center