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How Disorder Onset Controllability Moderates the Impact of Biological Arguments on Judgments of Criminal Responsibility

Abstract In recent years, the use of biologically based (neurological, neuropsychological, genetic) evidence in criminal trials as support for claims of mental impairments among offenders has increased in popularity. However, research on how exposure to those arguments affects jury decision-making remains unclear. Specifically, arguments rooted in biology sometimes mitigate and sometimes aggravate judgments of criminal responsibility for mentally ill offenders, and this discrepancy seems to stem from the specific conditions by which that disorder was acquired. The following study’s aim was to uncover the precise mechanism(s) behind this elusive effect. Utilizing a 2x2 between subjects experimental design, participants were presented with a hypotheti... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Hunter, Shelby (Author) / Schweitzer, Nick (Advisor) / Neal, Tess (Committee member) / Salerno, Jessica (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Psychology / Law / Neurosciences / Biology / Determinism / Evidence / Free will / Jury decision making / Neuropsychology
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 61 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Psychology 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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