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Criminal Intent and Responsibility: Exploring Conscious and Unconscious Motivation

The conference will exolore the subtle interface between conscious and unconscious motivation with respect to crininal intent and behaviour.

This conference will explore the subtle interface between conscious and unconscious motivation with respect to criminal intent and behaviour. While many neuroscientists stress the role of neurochemicals in the brain as a key driver of behaviour, our legal system is based on the ethical notion of personal responsibility, albeit to different degrees. This sets up an interesting tension between differing accounts of behaviour and motivation and poses the intriguing question: to what extent are we really responsible for our actions? This question will be examined by our panel of distinguished speakers from four different angles: social psychology, clinical hypnosis, neuroscience and law. The resulting discussion will give us a clearer and probably more complex understanding of the relationship between inner psychological and outer social factors. This will have significant implications in all four of the fields we will be covering.


Prof. David Canter | talks
Prof. Sean Spence | talks
Lord Justice Toulson | talks
Prof Graham Wagstaff | talks


Date and Time:

23 October 2010 at 9:00 am


Full Day



Royal Society of Medicine
1, Wimpole Street

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Organised by:

Scientific and Medical Network
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£85 (includes lunch)

Available from:

Scientific and Medical Network
PO Box 11, Moreton in Marsh, Glos GL56 0BY
email: info@scimednet.org

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