The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Forensic Neuroscience

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  • Book
  • 550 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Explores how the explosion of neuroscience–based evidence in recent years has led to a fundamental change in how forensic psychology can inform working with criminal populations.

This book communicates knowledge and research findings in the neurobiological field to those who work with offenders and those who design policy for offender rehabilitation and criminal justice systems, so that practice and policy can be neurobiologically informed, and research can be enhanced. 

Starting with an introduction to the subject of neuroscience and forensic settings, The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Forensic Neuroscience then offers in–depth and enlightening coverage of the neurobiology of sex and sexual attraction, aggressive behavior, and emotion regulation; the neurobiological bases to risk factors for offending such as genetics, developmental, alcohol and drugs, and mental disorders; and the neurobiology of offending, including psychopathy, antisocial personality disorders, and violent and sexual offending. The book also covers rehabilitation techniques such as brain scanning, brain–based therapy for adolescents, and compassion–focused therapy.

The book itself:

  • Covers a wide array of neuroscience research
  • Chapters by renowned neuroscientists and criminal justice experts
  • Topics covered include the neurobiology of aggressive behavior, the neuroscience of deception, genetic contributions to psychopathy, and neuroimaging–guided treatment
  • Offers conclusions for practitioners and future directions for the field.

The Handbook of Forensic Neuroscience is a welcome book for all researchers, practitioners, and postgraduate students involved with forensic psychology, neuroscience, law, and criminology.

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About the editors

List of contributors 


Section I: Introduction 

Chapter 1:  Neuroscience in forensic settings: Origins and recent developmentsAnthony R. Beech and Dawn Fisher 

Chapter 2:  A brief introduction to neurosciencePia Rotshtein and Ian J. Mitchell

Section II:  General neuroscience research

Chapter 3:  The neurobiology of aggressive behaviorJens Foell and Christopher J. Patrick 

Chapter 4:  The neurobiology of sexual behavior and sexual attractionAnders Ågmo  

Chapter 5: RenateL.E.P. Reniers, Ulrik R. Beierholm & Stephen J Wood

Chapter 6: The neurobiology of emotion regulationCatherine L. Sebastian & Saz P. Ahmed

Chapter 7:  The social neuroscience of empathy and its relationship to moral behaviorJean Decety and Jason M. Cowell

Chapter 8:  The neuroscience of deceptionJennifer M.C. Vendemia  & Jimmy M. Nye 

Section III: Neurobiology of offending

Chapter 9:  The neurobiological underpinnings of psychopathyStéphane A. De Brito & Ian Mitchell:

Chapter 10:  Antisocial Personality DisorderSheilagh Hodgins, Dave Checknita, Philip Lindner, Boris Schiffer, and Stéphane A. De Brito

Chapter 11:  Offenders with Autism Spectrum DisorderBjörn Hofvander

Chapter 12:The neuroscience of violent offendingRobert Shug, Jeremy A. Feiger, Gianni G. Geraci, and Heather L. McLernon

Chapter 13:  The neuroscience of sexual offendingAndreas Mokros 

Chapter 14: The neuroscience of acquisitive/impulsive offendingClaire Nee and Stephanos Ioannou

Chapter 15:Clare S. Allely

Chapter 16 The neurobiology of offending behavior in adolescenceGraham Fairchild and Areti Smaragdi

Chapter 17:  Alcohol–related aggression and violenceStefan Gutwinski, Adrienne J. Heinz, and Andreas Heinz


Section IV:  Neurobiological bases to Risk factors for offending 

Chapter 18:  Genetic contributions to the development of psychopathic traits and antisocial behavior in youthsNathalie M. G. Fontaine, Eamon J. McCrory, & Essi Viding

Chapter 19:  Developmental risk factorsAnthony Beech, Ben Nordstrom, & Adrian Raine 

Chapter 20 Mental illness as a putative risk factor for violence and aggressionAhmad Abu–Akel & Sunne Bo

Chapter 21:   Modifying risk factors – building strengthsCorine de Ruite

Section V:Rehabilitation

Chapter 22:     Engaging with forensic populations: A biologically informed approachFiona Williams and Adam J. Carter

Chapter  23: Brain scanning and therapeutics: How do you know unless you look?  Neuroimaging guided treatment in forensic settings.Daniel G. Amen  and Kristen Willeumier

Chapter 24:Therapy for acquired brain injuryNick Alderman, Caroline Knight and Jenny Brooks

Chapter 25:The impact of physical exercise on antisocial behavior: A neurocognitive perspectiveDylan B. Jackson and Kevin M. Beaver

Chapter 26:Treating emotion dysregulation in antisocial behavior: A neuroscientific perspectiveSteven M. Gillespie and Anthony R. Beech

Chapter 27:The pharmacological treatment of sex offendersDon Grubin

Chapter 28:Understanding and using Compassion–Focused Therapy in forensic settingsRussell Kolts and Paul Gilbert

Chapter 29:The neurobiology of eye movement desensitization reprocessing therapyDerek Farrell

Chapter 30:Kevin Creeden

Section VI     Ethical, Legal and political implications

Chapter 31:The impact of neglect, trauma and maltreatment on  neurodevelopment: Implications for juvenile justice practice, programs and policyBruce D.  Perry, Gene Griffin, George Davis, Jay A. Perry, and Robert D. Perry

Chapter 32: Forensic neuropsychology and violence: Neuroscientific and legal implicationsJohn Matthew Fabian

Chapter 33:  Forensic neuropsychology in the criminal court: A socio–legal perspectiveLeon McCrae

Chapter 34 Forensic neuropsychology: Social, cultural and political implicationsJessica Pykett

Section VII: Conclusions 

Chapter  35 Explanation in forensic neuroscienceTony Ward and Carolyn E. Wilshire

Chapter  36 Considerations for the forensic practitionerAdam J. Carter and Ruth E. Mann

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Anthony R. Beech
Adam J. Carter
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