irresistible impulse test


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irresistible impulse test

Control test, volition test Forensic psychiatry A test used by some states to define a person as insane under the law if, due to a mental disorder, the defendant was unable to control her action or conform her conduct to the law. See Insanity defense. Cf Durham rule, M'Naughten test, Substantial capacity test, Temporary insanity.
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The Model Penal Code of the American Law Institute embraces a third insanity test that incorporates both the cognitive element of the M'Naghten test and the volitional element of the irresistible impulse test.
88) The second prong--the conforming of conduct--restates the irresistible impulse test but avoids the ambiguous word "impulse.
92) As for the cognitive and volitional prongs, the Model Penal Code test essentially restates the satisfiable cognitive prong of the M'Naghten test and the satisfiable volitional prong of the irresistible impulse test.