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Amnesia and criminal responsibility.

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Name: Journal of law and the biosciences
ISSN: 2053-9711
Pages: 194-204

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Pathologic partial or complete loss of the ability to recall past experiences (AMNESIA, RETROGRADE) or to form new memories (AMNESIA, ANTEROGRADE). This condition may be of organic or psychologic origin. Organic forms of amnesia are usually associated with dysfunction of the DIENCEPHALON or HIPPOCAMPUS. (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, pp426-7)

Accountability and responsibility to another, enforceable by civil or criminal sanctions.

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The branch of psychology which investigates the psychology of crime with particular reference to the personality factors of the criminal.

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