[PAST EVENT] The Anatomy of Violence: Dissecting the Biological Roots of Crime, Adrian Raine (U of Pennsylvania)

October 30, 2015
12pm - 1:30pm
Sadler Center, Tidewater A
200 Stadium Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Professor Raine's Abstract: The very rapid developments taking place in the neuroscience of crime are creating an uncomfortable tension between our concepts of responsibility and retribution on the one hand, and understanding and mercy on the other. This talk provides a brief overview of this new body of knowledge and its implications 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? Should we use biology to better predict who amongst us are predisposed to future violence? And how can we improve the brain to reduce violence?

Sponsored by the Departments of Applied Science, Psychology, and Philosophy.

Paul Davies [[psdavi]]