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Applying the revenge system to the criminal justice system and jury decision-making

Roberts, S. Craig; Murray, Jennifer


S. Craig Roberts


McCullough et al. propose an evolved cognitive revenge system which imposes retaliatory costs on aggressors. They distinguish between this and other forms of punishment (e.g., administered by judges) which are not underpinned by a specifically-designed evolutionary mechanism. Here we outline mechanisms and circumstances through which the revenge system might nonetheless infiltrate decision-making within the criminal justice system.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Dec 5, 2012
Publication Date 2013-02
Deposit Date Feb 16, 2015
Publicly Available Date Feb 16, 2015
Print ISSN 0140-525X
Electronic ISSN 1469-1825
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Issue 01
Pages 34-35
Keywords Revenge; punishment; criminal justice system; jury decision making;
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Contract Date Feb 16, 2015


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