© 1988

Biological Contributions to Crime Causation

  • Terrie E. Moffitt
  • Sarnoff A. Mednick

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASID, volume 40)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Psychophysiological Contributions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter H. Venables
      Pages 3-13
  3. Neuropsychological Contributions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Israel Nachshon
      Pages 55-67
    3. Robert D. Hare, Sherrie E. Williamson, Timothy J. Harpur
      Pages 68-92
  4. Congenital Contributions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Sarnoff A. Mednick, Elizabeth Kandel
      Pages 121-131
  5. Biochemical Contributions

  6. Psychopathology Contributions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Sheilagh Hodgins, Michael von Grunau
      Pages 161-182
    3. Montserrat Goma, Jorge Perez, Rafael Torrubia
      Pages 211-222
    4. Antonio Convit, Judith Jaeger, Shang Pin Lin, Morris Meisner, David Brizer, Jan Volavka
      Pages 223-245

About this book


This book presents reviews of the literature and reports of new findings from research into biological correlates of criminal behavior. The chapters are revised versions of talks given by participants in an Advanced Study Institute sponsored by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and held inCastelvecchio Pascoli in September, 1986. It is our second edited volume on biology and crime. The first book, The Causes of Cdme; New Biological Apwoaches, was published in 1987. In the preface to that book we described the regrettable hi. tory of the paeudobiological research into social problem. conducted by the Social Darwinists at the turn of the century. We requested that that unfortunate legacy not inhibit responsible and scientifically sound investigations of biological and psychological variables in criminology today. Evidence is mounting that showl that research limited to social and environmental vadables cannot explain the behavior of the minority of criminal offenders whose criminal careen begin in adolescence and develop into recidivistic and violent . . saults on society. Certainly these offenders are few, but epidemiological studies have found them to be responsible for an amount of crimes disproportionate to their small numbers. As few . . 5 % of males commit over 50% of criminal offenses. Intervention directed at these relatively few individuals could, if succes. ful, dramatically reduce our growing violent crime rate. The chapters in our earlier book showed that some biological variables do relate to this type of chronic offending.


aggression alcoholism behavior criminology depression electroencephalography (EEG) emotion evolution neuropsychology personality psychology psychopathology psychophysiology schizophrenia violence

Editors and affiliations

  • Terrie E. Moffitt
    • 1
  • Sarnoff A. Mednick
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Social Science Research Institute, and Department of PsychologyUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Biological Contributions to Crime Causation
  • Editors T.E. Moffitt
    Sarnoff A. Mednick
  • Series Title NATO ASI Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-247-3655-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-7744-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-2768-1
  • Series ISSN 0258-123X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 332
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Psychology, general
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