This book draws on findings from psychology, neurology, and genetics, to offer a multi-dimensional analysis of criminal behavior. It explores the biological bases of emotions such as aggression, anger, and hostility and how they-- combined with social psychological influences, such as family history and environmental conditions-- may lead to violence. Specific case studies, including serial killings, mass murders, family violence, cannibalism, and hitmen, are referenced throughout, providing real-world examples of these theories in action. Issues of free will and the law are discussed as well as suggestions for curbing violent behavior.
Table of Contents
1. Understanding Violence 2. Brain and Emotion 3. The Origins of Violence 4. Psychopathy 5. Serial Killers 6. Mass Murderers 7. Cannibalism: An Extreme Human Behavior 8. Mexican Hitmen 9. The Crimes of Paramilitarism in Colombia 10. Some General Conclusions
Feggy Ostrosky is Professor of Neuropsychology and head of the Laboratory of Neuropsychology and Psychophysiology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She has published 25 books, six neuropsychological tests, and over 340 journal articles and chapters in national and international peer-reviewed journals.
Alfredo Ardila is Professor of Neuropsychology at Florida International University. He earned his PhD in neuropsychology from Moscow State University. He has published widely in the fields of brain pathology, neuropsychological assessment, and cognition, and on the roles of cultural and social factors in behavior.