Roberts SC & Murray J (2013) Applying the revenge system to the criminal justice system and jury decision-making. Commentary on: Cognitive systems for revenge and forgiveness, ME McCullough, R Kurzban, and BA Tabak, Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2013), 36, 1, 1-15.. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36 (1), pp. 34-35. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X12000581
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., those 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.
jury; punishment; psychology
Behavioral and Brain Sciences: Volume 36, Issue 1
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|Item discussed||Cognitive systems for revenge and forgiveness, ME McCullough, R Kurzban, and BA Tabak, Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2013), 36, 1, 1-15.|