The Anatomy of Violence - The Biological Roots of Crime

Author(s): Adrian Raine

Philosophy, Politics & Current Affairs

Why do people kill? Are some criminals born, not made? What causes violence and how can we treat it? In An Anatomy of Violence Adrian Raine draws on his own scientific research into the brains of murderers, psychopaths and serial killers to give a new perspective on these perennial questions. He reveals that, while anti-social behaviour is based on the complex interaction of genetics and environment, we can no longer ignore the evidence of strong links between biology and behaviour. Exploring how this could change the way we treat criminals in future, this revelatory book alters our understanding of our minds.


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Fascinating ... Has profound implications ... It is remarkable that most of the work Raine outlines remains largely unknown to the wider public ... It is high time this defect was remedied -- David Rose Mail on Sunday This remarkable book offers startling evidence of the links between our biology and criminality ... powerful and well-written ... I commend his intelllectual courage -- Jenni Russell Sunday Times Raine's book is a masterpiece. He has the research at his fingertips - not surprising, since he carried out much of it - and makes a compelling case that society needs to grapple with the biological underpinnings of violent crime -- Bob Holmes New Scientist Adrian Raine has devoted his career to uncovering the causes of human violence ... This important book is a most valuable contribution -- Daniel Dennett Prospect

Adrian Raine is the Richard Perry University Professor in the Departments of Criminology, Psychiatry, and Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. For the past 35 years, his research has focused on the neurobiological and biosocial bases of antisocial and violent behavior, and ways to both prevent and treat it in both children and adults.

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  • : 9780141046860
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : 0.346
  • : February 2014
  • : 2.2 Centimeters X 12.9 Centimeters X 19.8 Centimeters
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2014
  • : books

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  • : Adrian Raine
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 364.3
  • : 496
  • : Illustrationsstrations (black and white, and colour)