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Nikolas Rose and Joelle M. Abi-Rached

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691149608

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691149608.001.0001

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The Antisocial Brain

The Antisocial Brain

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(p.164) Chapter Six The Antisocial Brain
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Neuro
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Nikolas Rose

Joelle M. Abi-Rached

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691149608.003.0007

This chapter examines the arguments that claim that human antisocial behavior—notably impulsivity, aggression, and related forms of criminal conduct—have neurobiological roots. While neurobiological evidence from genomics or functional brain imaging is likely to have limited traction in the criminal courtroom itself, a new diagram is nonetheless emerging in the criminal justice system as it encounters developments in the neurosciences. This does not entail a challenge to doctrines of free will or an exculpatory argument that “my brain made me do it,” as some have suggested. Rather it is developing around the themes of susceptibility, prediction, and precaution that have come to infuse many aspects of criminal justice systems as they have come to focus on questions of risk—risk assessment, risk management, and risk reduction.

Keywords:   human antisocial behavior, criminal conduct, neurobiological evidence, genomics, functional brain imaging, criminal justice system, risk assessment, risk management, risk reduction

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