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Can brain scans prove criminals unaccountable?

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Leonard Berlin (2014) reports that neuroscientific data have been presented in court by lawyers wishing to argue that their clients have reduced or absent moral responsibility for their behaviour because their brain function is impaired. Berlin cites evidence showing that such neuroscientific data can influence judges to pass more lenient sentences, and he anticipates that advances in “the neurology of criminal behavior” may lead courts to view certain criminals as having reduced accountabili...

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10.1080/21507740.2014.884188

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
Research group:
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
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Author
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis Publisher's website
Journal:
AJOB Neuroscience Journal website
Volume:
5
Issue:
2
Pages:
35-37
Publication date:
2014-01-01
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EISSN:
2150-7759
ISSN:
2150-7740
Language:
English
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2015-01-20

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