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Video Clips

  • Crime and Violence: The Biological Behind Murder
    Adrian Raine, criminologist and author of The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime, talks about how biology—in addition to social factors—affects whether or not someone will become a violent criminal, and why men are more likely to commit homicidal crimes than women.
  • Cesare Lombroso, Left Handedness, and the Criminal Mind
    Emory University's Nat C. Robertson Distinguished Professor Howard Kushner tells the story of late-19th/early 20th century Italian criminologist Cesare Lombroso and his efforts to study the relationship between left-handedness and criminal behavior.
  • Phrenology—Studying the Shape of the Head
    This clip is taken from a documentary on phrenology and describes the different areas of the brain that were thought to possess certain characteristics. 


  • Social Darwinism
    The article gives a brief view of Social Darwinism.
  • Eugenics
    The author seeks to interrogate the implications of past practices.
  • Sterilization
    An article from a legal journal dated from 1915 on the topic of sterilization of criminals.
  • Phrenology
    Stanford has posted information on phrenology as a practice.
  • Scientific Racism
    The Washington Post interrogates the modern version of Social Darwinism.