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Anatomy of violence

May 6, 2013

Guest: Adrian Raine

Why does someone commit a violent crime?  Is it their genes, their environment or a combination of the two? Neurocriminologist ADRIAN RAINE has been studying the psychological origins of crime for 30 years and, through advances in imaging technology, has peered into the minds of psychopaths and seen anomalies in their brain structures.  Did these changes happen in the womb, through early abuse, or bad nutrition?  And if you can identify people at higher risk for violence, how and when should you intervene?  Raine talks to Marty about his new book on his research, “The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime,” and the troubling ethical issues that are raised by trying to identify violent criminals before they act.

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