The Impact of Behavioral Sciences on Criminal Law

Hardcover | April 16, 2009

byNita Farahany

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The Impact of Behavioral Genetics on Criminal Law is essential reading for anyone interested in the ongoing genomics and neuroscience revolution and its implications for criminal law. Building in part on a recent multi-disciplinary conference, this collection of essays offers a comprehensivediscussion of the ramifications of behavioral sciences in criminal cases and brings together the leading behavioral geneticists, neuroscientists, philosophers, policymakers, and legal scholars to address the multi-faceted concerns at issue. Together, the essays in this volume discuss the scientific progress and limitations in behavioral science research relating to criminal conduct, and the ethical concerns and practical implications of introducing behavioral science evidence into criminal cases. Included is a detailed discussion ofcriminal cases in which biological and neurological predisposition testimony has been introduced, the implications for criminal responsibility and punishment, the consequences for DNA databank research, new directions in predictions of future dangerousness, and the concerns for ethnic and racialminorities arising from this research.

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The Impact of Behavioral Genetics on Criminal Law is essential reading for anyone interested in the ongoing genomics and neuroscience revolution and its implications for criminal law. Building in part on a recent multi-disciplinary conference, this collection of essays offers a comprehensivediscussion of the ramifications of behaviora...

Nita Farahany is assistant professor of law at Vanderbilt University Law School. Her teaching and research areas of expertise are law and biology (behavioral genetics, genetics, neuroscience, psychiatry), and law and philosophy (wrongfulness, responsibility and punishment theory).
Format:HardcoverDimensions:250 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:April 16, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction Nita A. FarahanyPart I: The Science of Criminal ConductBehavioral Genetics: The Science of Antisocial Behavior Laura A. Baker, Serena Bezdjian, and Adrian RaineNeuroscience: Emerging Science on the Criminal Mind Abigail Bird, Michael Gazzaniga, Dean Mobbs, Martha FarahMisinformation, Misrepresentation, and Misuse of Human Behavioral Genetics Research Jonathan KaplanPart II: Considering the Broader ContextBehavioral Genetics and Crime, in Context Owen D. JonesConsidering Convergence: A Policy Dialogue about Behavioral Genetics, Neuroscience, and Law Brent Garland and Mark S. FrankelPart III: Revisiting Criminal ResponsibilityTo Know the Criminal from the Crime Nita A. Farahany and James E. Coleman, Jr.Addiction, Genetics, Neuroscience, and Criminal Responsibility Stephen J. MorsePart IV: Implications for Criminal Justice and SocietyRevisiting the Legal Link between Genetics and Crime Deborah W. DennoMAOA and SLC6A4: Recent Testimony for the Defense and Prosecution William BernetBehavioral Genetics Research and Criminal DNA Databases D.H. KayeSchiriro v. Landrigan: Considering Biological vs. Environmental Factors in Sentencing Nita A. Farahany and Kenneth KendlerFuture Dangerousness: Is there a Blueprint for Violence? Erica Beecher-Monas and Edgar Garcia-RillBehavioral Genetics, Homosexuality and Criminal Statues Lisa KeeneThe Scarlet Gene: Behavioral Genetics, Criminal Law, and Racial and Ethnic Stigma