CONVO: The Neuroscience of Violence


CONVO: The Neuroscience of Violence

Posted by Centre News in Convocations 11 Jan 2018
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Date(s) - 01/11/2018
7:30 pm

Crounse Hall - Vahlkamp Theatre


Would a Neuroscience of Violence Help in Determining Legal Responsibility?
Dr. Valerie Gray Hardcastle is Professor of Philosophy, Psychology, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience and Scholar-in-Residence at the Weaver Institute for Law and Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati. Her presentation will be on the problems faced by law in light of recent neuroscience research. As neuroscience may be working towards connecting the traits associated with violence and violent offenders to brain malfunctions, Dr. Hardcastle asks whether finding the neural correlates of violence-related traits help determine criminal responsibility for bad behavior. She will discuss the capacity for rational self-governance as the test for whether someone is “bad” instead of “mad” and ask whether neurobiological evidence is relevant in deciding if people like psychopaths have such a capacity.