Science in the cinema - Lecture 2
Are violent criminals born or made? With recent advances in neuroimaging techniques and genetic sequencing, there's now compelling evidence that violent crime may be biologically predisposed.
In this lecture, Dr Pete Moult aims to explore the brain, its plasticity and the evidence for structural and functional differences existing between the “normal” brain and that of the violent criminal. The basis of genetic inheritance and the role genetic mutations play in these brain “abnormalities” will be considered and we'll ask the question, “if violent criminals really are predisposed to their actions what does this mean ethically in terms of legal responsibility?”
Pete's Lecture will last for approximately an hour and will be followed by a free screening of the film 'The Manchurian Candidate' (1962).
Find out more about neuroscientist Dr Pete Moult's biography on the Abertay University Website.