Neuroethics Publications

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2014

Publication Source

Nature Reviews Neuroscience

Volume

15

Start Page

54

Last Page

63

DOI

10.1038/nrn3640

Abstract

Criminal behaviour and violence are increasingly viewed as worldwide public health problems. A growing body of knowledge shows that criminal behaviour has a neurobiological basis, and this has intensified judicial interest in the potential application of neuroscience to criminal law. It also gives rise to important questions. What are the implications of such application for predicting future criminal behaviour and protecting society? Can it be used to prevent violence? And what are the implications for the way offenders are punished?

 

Date Posted: 15 May 2015

This document has been peer reviewed.