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Behavioural genetics in criminal court

Introduction of genetic evidence of a predisposition to violent or impulsive behaviour is on the rise in criminal trials. However, a panoply of data suggests that such evidence is ineffective at reducing judgements of culpability and punishment, and therefore its use in the legal process is likely to diminish.

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  1. Department of Psychology & Social Behaviour, Department of Criminology, Law & Society, University of California, Irvine, 4213 Social and Behavioural Sciences Gateway, Irvine, CA, 92697-7085, USA

    • Nicholas Scurich
  2. Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, NY State Psychiatric Institute, 1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 122, New York, NY, 10032, USA

    • Paul S. Appelbaum

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