The Emerging Neuroscience of Third-Party Punishment

Trends Neurosci. 2016 Aug;39(8):499-501. doi: 10.1016/j.tins.2016.06.004.


Although it is far too early to say that cognitive neuroscience will have any direct impact on how we sentence criminals, patterns are nevertheless emerging that suggest a neural framework for punishment that could one day have important legal and social consequences.

Keywords: blame; forgiveness; neurolaw; norm-enforcement behavior.

MeSH terms

  • Brain / physiology
  • Criminology
  • Humans
  • Models, Neurological
  • Neural Pathways / physiology
  • Neurosciences*
  • Punishment / psychology*
  • Social Control, Formal*
  • United States