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The Anatomy of Violence: Implications for Prevention, Prediction and Punishment

The new knowledge being gained from applying neuroscience techniques to understanding crime and violence is creating an uncomfortable tension between our concepts of responsibility and retribution on the one hand, and understanding and mercy on the other.

This presentation outlines implications of this body of knowledge for understanding both the causes of crime and also our conceptualization of moral responsibility, free will, and punishment.

If the neural circuitry underlying morality is compromised in psychopaths and murderers, how moral is it of us to punish offenders as much as we do? Can biological risk factors help better predict who amongst us are prone to future violence? And how can we improve the brain to reduce future violence?

About Adrian Raine

Adrian Raine is the Richard Perry University Professor of Criminology, Psychiatry, and Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the etiology and prevention of antisocial behaviour.

He has published 488 papers and given 410 invited presentations in 32 countries.

He is past-President of the Academy of Experimental Criminology, and has received numerous awards, including an honorary degree from the University of York (UK) in 2015, and the Lifetime Contributions Award in Psychopathy in 2017 from the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy

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Date Monday, 10 October 2022
Time 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Audience Public,Undergraduate students,Postgraduate students,Staff
Event Category Sciences
Event Type Seminar
LocationOtago Business School Lecture Room 1.17, Dunedin
Contact NameNarun Pat

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