Amnesia and criminal law: A clinical overview

E. W. Rubinsky, Jason Brandt

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Abstract

The use of amnesia as a legal defense raises complex issues for both psychology and jurisprudence. This review of the legal literature suggests that recent advances in the understanding of clinical disorders of memory have not yet found their way into the courtroom. The authors address the assumptions that amnesia means simply having a very bad memory and that amnesia is a unitary syndrome. They then review recent neuropsychological research on amnesia and its implications for the judicial process. Emphasis is placed on describing the amnesic disorders that most often arise in criminal proceedings. It is concluded that both psychologists and legal professionals should ensure that research findings from the clinic and the laboratory are applied appropriately in cases of defendants claiming amnesia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-46
Number of pages20
JournalBehavioral Sciences and the Law
Volume4
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1986

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Amnesia and criminal law : A clinical overview. / Rubinsky, E. W.; Brandt, Jason.

In: Behavioral Sciences and the Law, Vol. 4, No. 1, 1986, p. 27-46.

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