Strafrechtelijke verantwoordelijkheid en de neurowetenschappen

Translated title of the contribution: Criminal responsibility and neuroscience

Nicole Vincent

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This paper argues that to the extent that legal responsibility hinges on mental capacities – capacities which are implemented in (brain) mechanisms – scientists working in the fields of behavioural genetics and neuroscience can assist courts to adjudicate responsibility in several ways. First, by studying what mechanisms paradigmatically fully responsible agents possess and how those mechanisms operate. Second, by developing techniques to more individually, accurately and less subjectively inspect people’s mechanisms to gauge their true mental capacities. Third, by studying how youth, advanced age, and mental disorders affect these mechanisms. And fourth, by developing interventions to create, restore and enhance the function of these mechanisms in order to create, restore and enhance people’s responsibility-relevant mental capacities.
Translated title of the contributionCriminal responsibility and neuroscience
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)65-77
Number of pages13
JournalJustitiële Verkenningen
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2013


  • neurolaw
  • neuroethics
  • responsibility
  • criminal justice
  • neuroscience
  • legal responsibility
  • mental capacities
  • brain mechanisms
  • brain imaging techniques


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