School of Law

The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime

05 February 2014 | 17:00h to 18:30h | Lecture
Liberty Building, Moot Court Room.

Centre for Criminal Justice Studies Annual Lecture 2014

The CCJS Annual Lecture 2014 will be delivered by Professor Adrian Raine, Departments of Criminology, Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, and Visiting Fellow, University of Cambridge.


The very rapid developments taking place in neuroscience are creating an uncomfortable tension between our concepts of responsibility and retribution on the one hand, and understanding and mercy on the other.

Neurocriminology is a new field which is increasingly documenting brain impairments not just in adult offenders, but also in antisocial children. This talk outlines implications of this new research not just for current criminological research, but also 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? Can biological risk factors help better predict future violence? And how can we improve the brain to reduce violence?

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Location Details

Liberty Building, Moot Court Room
School of Law
The Liberty Building
University of Leeds

The Liberty Building is number 16 on the campus map.

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