Violence and Psychopathy / Edition 1

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This book focuses on one of the world's major problems - violence and psychopathy. It presents some of the key contributions made at the Fourth International Meeting on the Biology and Sociology of Violence held in November 1999. A key thrust of this book, and a stance shared by all of its contributors, is the notion that violence and psychopathy simply cannot be understood solely in terms of social and environmental forces and influences. Nor do biological factors offer an exclusive explanation. Instead, it is likely that psychopathy is the result of complex interactions between biological and social factors, interactions which to date are poorly understood. Contributors to this book tackle the difficult process of isolating the important biological, psychological, and social processes that contribute to violence.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306466694
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 12/31/2001
  • Edition description: 2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 6.84 (w) x 10.18 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Pt. I Psychopaths
Ch. I Psychopaths and Their Nature: Some Implications for Understanding Human Predatory Violence 5
Ch. II Psychopathy, Violence and Brain Imaging 35
Ch. III Emotional Processes in Psychopathy 57
Ch. IV Neurobiology of the Psychopath 79
Pt. II Serial Killers
Ch. V Concept and History of the Serial Killer 91
Ch. VI Motives of the Serial Killer 105
Ch. VII Psychopathy, Sadism and Serial Killing 123
Pt. III Psychosocial Aspects and Treatment
Ch. VIII Psychosocial Contributions to Psychopathy and Violence 141
Ch. IX Is Effective Treatment of Psychopathy Possible? What We Know and What We Need to Know 171
Index 197
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