The Anatomy of Violence

The Anatomy of Violence

The Biological Roots of Crime

Book - 2013
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"Provocative and timely: a pioneering neurocriminologist introduces the latest biological research into the causes of--and potential cures for--criminal behavior. A leading criminologist who specializes in the neuroscience behind criminal behavior, Adrian Raine introduces a wide range of new scientific research into the origins and nature of violence and criminal behavior. He explains how impairments to areas of the brain that control our ability to experience fear, make decisions, and feel empathy can make us more likely to engage in criminal behavior. He applies this new understanding of the criminal mind to some of the most well-known criminals in history. And he clearly delineates the pressing considerations this research demands: What are its implications for our criminal justice system? Should we condemn and punish individuals who have little to no control over their behavior? Should we act preemptively with people who exhibit strong biological predispositions to becoming dangerous criminals? These are among the thorny issues we can no longer ignore as our understanding of criminal behavior grows"--
Publisher: New York :, Pantheon Books,, [2013]
Edition: First Edition
Description: xv, 478 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780307378842
Branch Call Number: 616.8582 Rai


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Levi_Hayes Oct 27, 2015

This book was alright. While it was enlightening on certain aspects, others were fairly obvious and trying to get through the 373 pages (100+ were the notes section) took forever. Partially because it is nonfiction and dry, but mostly because every third paragraph or so, Raine states "here's what was in the last chapters--and the last two paragraphs!" and just drills it into your brain. I'm sure the book could have been at least half the size if all that had been removed. He also starts sentences/paragraphs with 'indeed' a lot, which was driving me crazy because my psychology/sociology textbooks do the same thing.
But what bothered me the most is all the studies he referenced that needed to be controlled for confounds--such as low socioeconomic status, low IQ, etc--he merely said "they controlled for the factors and the results were the same". It might be controlled the same way in every case, but as a reader I'd like to know how they controlled these studies. Because, as that reader, having Raine skim over those super-important details makes me quite skeptical of the true significance of the results and the studies themselves.

May 03, 2013

Mr. Raine was recently interviewed on Fresh Air on NPR. The subject matter and Mr. Raine, himself, was quite fascinating. Enough so that I want to read his book and have placed a hold. As a researcher and a victim of crime, too, he often feels conflicted about what he has learned about the criminal brain and how he feels about the criminal activity.

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