Thursday, April 21, 2011
In a post below, Professor Sirico has discussed how a new discovery in genetics and its effects on human behavior is affecting our notions of criminal conduct. This is a specific example of how the brain sciences (neuroscience, genetics, evolutionary biology, evolutionary psychology, etc.) are changing how we view law. Knowing the basics of neuroscience and behavioral biology is quickly becoming a necessary legal skill. Simply stated, how can we have an accurate view of law if we do not have an accurate view of human behavior?
Articles on brain sciences and the law have ranged from criminal liability to torts to contracts and even to jurisprudence. For an introduction to neuroscience and the law, see Brain Imaging for Legal Thinkers: A Guide for the Perplexed by Owen Jones et. al. For an introduction to behavioral biology and the law, see my article Introduction to Behavioral Biology for Legal Scholars . Finally, for an article on behavioral biology and jurisprudence, see The Molecular Concept of Law by Hendrik Gommer.