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Murderous Minds


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Dean A. Haycock, Ph.D., is a science and medical writer, who earned a Ph.D. in neurobiology from Brown University and studied at The Rockefeller University in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Dr. Paul Greengard. He has been published in many science publications and is the author of The Everything Health Guide to Schizophrenia and The Everything Health Guide to Adult Bipolar Disorder. He lives in Albany, New York.


"Murderous Minds is a gem. I became completely immersed in it and lost myself in the world Haycock created at the nexus of science, story, history, complete with downright wondrous narrative yarns to boot." -- James Fallon, Ph.D., author of The Psychopath Inside "In this fascinating page-turner, neurobiologist Haycock tries to uncover the correlation between brain abnormalities and violent behavior, and whether one guarantees the other ... Haycock concludes "that the neurological profile of the criminal psychopath is consistent with key features of psychopathy: a lack of moral sense and a lack of empathy." In the end, though, he admits that criminal responsibility cannot be traced unequivocally to a neurological basis but that such research can certainly begin an important conversation in the legal world." -- Publishers Weekly "Can the tendency for criminally psychopathic behaviors be identified by analyzing neurological images? If so, what consequence does this have for science and society? Psychopaths are everywhere-an estimated 1 in 100 adults qualify. Most are nonviolent but not all: One subset of this group, criminal psychopaths, have aggressive and sometimes-violent tendencies and often fail to exhibit empathy or remorse despite knowing the difference between right and wrong. But Is it moral or legal to use this information to try to predict violent crimes or to influence a jury deciding a verdict? The author explores these tricky issues in accessible and insightful chapters that break down the science behind the data while using narratives of high-profile criminals-e.g., Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, Mafia contract killer Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski, rapist and murderer Brian Dugan-to provide chilling real-lifeexamples of criminally psychopathic behaviors. Part true crime, part neuroscience and a page-turner from start to finish." -- Kirkus Reviews

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