Criminal Behavior and the Ethics of Biological Intervention

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Weyant's article, "Criminal Behavior and the Ethics of Biological Intervention" discusses the scientific and technological developments that have been made in the past decades in the field of Brain Research. The article's main scientific focus lies on the interconnection between the human brain and human behavior.


We have always been hesitant to accept the notion that complex feelings and behavior could be attributed directly to the biochemical and physical condition of our brains. Recent developments in brain research, however, have come to very convincingly indicate that human behavior may also be completely controlled by the human brain. The main point of recent discoveries in this field has basically been that all human emotions and human behavior can be traced back to the human brain and to the neural impulses which occur between brain neurons.
The article also briefly explains how the brain's electrochemical mechanism works in altering behavior and moods. It talks of the different neurotransmitters that are naturally secreted in the human brain and are then also responsible for changes in a person's mood. There are specific neurotransmitters which are responsible for different emotions and behaviors rangings from ecstacy to fear and anger, and the secretion of these neurotransmitters may be triggered eithere through chemical changes in the body, or through environmental stimuli. Mental illnesses have also been found to generally be accompanied by imbalances in the secretion of these neurotransmitters.
Based on the developments that have been made in the field of brain research, it has thus become possible for scientists and psychotherapists to produce new methods in altering a person's behavior. ...
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