The Anatomy of Violence: Dissecting the Biological Roots of Crime

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Thu, 10/12/2017

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Presentation by Adrian Raine, a professor of criminoloy, psychiatry and psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

When: October 12, 2017 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Where: University of California, Irvine campus, SBSG 1517

What: The rapid developments taking place in neuroscience research on crime are creating an uncomfortable tension between our concepts of responsibility and retribution on the one hand, and understanding and mercy on the other. This talk provides a brief overview of this growing body of knowledge and its implications for our future conceptualization of moral responsibility, free will, and punishment. If the neural circuitry underlying morality is compromised in offenders, how moral is it of us to punish prisoners as much as we do? Should we use biology to better predict who amongst us are predisposed to future violence? And how can we improve the brain to reduce violence?

Who: Adrian Raine is the Richard Perry University Professor of Criminology, Psychiatry, and Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. His interdisciplinary research focuses on the etiology and prevention of antisocial, violent, and psychopathic behavior in children and adults. He has published over 400 journal articles and book chapters alongside 7 books, and has given over 350 invited presentations in 26 countries.

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