The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Forensic Neuroscience, 2 Volume Set

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Pub. Date: 2022-04-18
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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.

Author Biography

Anthony R. Beech, DPhil, FBPsS, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Adam J. Carter, PhD, is a psychologist working for Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service, England and Wales.

Ruth E. Mann, PhD, is a psychologist working for Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service, England and Wales.

Pia Rotshtein, PhD, is a neuroscientist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Table of Contents


About the Editors xi

List of Contributors xiii

Part I Introduction 1

1 Neuroscience in Forensic Settings: Origins and Recent Developments 3
Anthony R. Beech and Dawn Fisher

2 A Brief Introduction to Neuroscience 25
Pia Rotshtein and Ian J. Mitchell

Part II General Neuroscience Research 59

3 The Neurobiology of Aggressive Behavior 61
Jens Foell and Christopher J. Patrick

4 The Neurobiology of Sexual Behavior and Sexual Attraction 83
Anders Agmo

5 Reward Sensitivity and Behavioral Control: Neuroimaging Evidence for Brain Systems Underlying Risk-Taking Behavior 105
Renate L. E. P. Reniers, Ulrik R. Beierholm, and Stephen J. Wood

6 The Neurobiology of Emotion Regulation 125
Catherine L. Sebastian and Saz P. Ahmed

7 The Social Neuroscience of Empathy and its Relationship to Moral Behavior 145
Jean Decety and Jason M. Cowell

8 The Neuroscience of Deception 171
Jennifer M. C. Vendemia and James M. Nye

Part III Neurobiology of Offending 189

9 The Neurobiological Underpinnings of Psychopathy 191
Stephane A. De Brito and Ian J. Mitchell

10 Antisocial Personality Disorder 229
Sheilagh Hodgins, Dave Checknita, Philip Lindner, Boris Schiffer, and Stephane A. De Brito

11 Offenders with Autism Spectrum Disorder 273
Bjorn Hofvander

12 The Neuroscience of Violent Offending 301
Heather L. McLernon, Jeremy A. Feiger, Gianni G. Geraci, Gabriel Marmolejo, Alexander J. Roberts, and Robert A. Schug

13 The Neuroscience of Sexual Offending 333
Andreas Mokros

14 The Neuroscience of Acquisitive/Impulsive Offending 359
Claire Nee and Stephanos Ioannou

15 Neurobiology of Brain Injury and its Link with Violence and Extreme Single and Multiple Homicides 385
Clare S. Allely

16 The Neurobiology of Offending Behavior in Adolescence 421
Graeme Fairchild and Areti Smaragdi

17 Alcohol-Related Aggression and Violence 455
Stefan Gutwinski, Adrienne J. Heinz, and Andreas Heinz


About the Editors xi

List of Contributors xiii

Part IV Neurobiological Bases to Risk Factors for Offending 481

18 Genetic Contributions to the Development of Psychopathic Traits and Antisocial Behavior in Youths 483
Nathalie M. G. Fontaine, Eamon J. McCrory, and Essi Viding

19 Developmental Risk Factors 507
Anthony R. Beech, Ben Nordstrom, and Adrian Raine

20 Mental Illness as a Putative Risk Factor for Violence and Aggression 531
Ahmad Abu-Akel and Sune Bo

21 Modifying Risk Factors: Building Strengths 553
Corine de Ruiter

Part V Rehabilitation 575

22 Engaging with Forensic Populations: A Biologically Informed Approach 577
Fiona Williams and Adam J. Carter

23 Brain Scanning and Therapeutics: How Do You Know Unless You Look? Neuroimaging Guided Treatment in Forensic Settings 601
Daniel G. Amen and Kristen Willeumier

24 Therapy for Acquired Brain Injury 631
Nick Alderman, Caroline Knight, Jennifer Brooks

25 The Impact of Physical Exercise on Antisocial Behavior: A Neurocognitive Perspective 659
Dylan B. Jackson and Kevin M. Beaver

26 Treating Emotion Dysregulation in Antisocial Behavior: A Neuroscientific Perspective 677
Steven M. Gillespie and Anthony R. Beech

27 The Pharmacological Treatment of Sex Offenders 703
Don Grubin

28 Understanding and Using Compassion-Focused Therapy in Forensic Settings 725
Russell Kolts and Paul Gilbert

29 The Neurobiology of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy 755
Derek Farrell

30 Adjusting the Lens: A Developmental Perspective for Treating Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems 783
Kevin Creeden

Part VI Ethical, Legal, and Political Implications 813

31 The Impact of Neglect, Trauma, and Maltreatment on Neurodevelopment: Implications for Juvenile Justice Practice, Programs, and Policy 815
Bruce D. Perry, Gene Griffin, George Davis, Jay A. Perry, and Robert D. Perry

32 Forensic Neuropsychology and Violence: Neuroscientific and Legal Implications 837
John Matthew Fabian

33 Forensic Neuropsychology in the Criminal Court: A Socio-legal Perspective 889
Leon McRae

34 Forensic Neuropsychology: Social, Cultural, and Political Implications 917
Jessica Pykett

Part VII Conclusions 937

35 Explanation in Forensic Neuroscience 939
Tony Ward and Carolyn E. Wilshire

36 Considerations for the Forensic Practitioner 947
Adam J. Carter and Ruth E. Mann

Index 959

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