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- “Can Software That Predicts Crime Pass Constitutional Muster?”
A computer program in the experimental stage has raised unanswered questions about whether it is appropriate for police to stop people based on computer modeling.
- “IQ Isn’t Set in Stone, Suggests Study That Finds Big Jumps, Dips in Teens”
A new study documents significant fluctuations in the IQs of a group of British teenagers. The findings bolster the theory that the IQ test isn’t a measure of a person’s “fixed” intellectual capacity but rather a gauge of acquired knowledge that progresses in fits and starts.
- 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.
The author seeks to interrogate the implications of past practices.
An article from a legal journal dated from 1915 on the topic of sterilization of criminals.
Stanford has posted information on phrenology as a practice.
- Scientific Racism
The Washington Post interrogates the modern version of Social Darwinism.