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The Biological Factor

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  • Discussion Questions

  • Biology and Violence

    Review and Teaching Essay by Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata
    Copyright: Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata, March 2001. "Fair Use" encouraged.

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    Discussion Questions
    1. Barbara Niehoff says in an an interview that violence, like all complex human behaviors, is the result of a developmental process, a lifelong interaction between the brain and the environment." Does that agree with the perspective stated in Erin Driscoll's review of Violent societies make violent children?

      jeanne's lecture notes on one plausible answer:

      Yes. Both writers are reminding us that violence is complex, and that no single factor is predictive of sudden violent outbursts, such as we have witnessed in school shootings.

    2. Skim The toxic mind: the biology of mental illness and violence Does Dr. Van Winkle, discussing violence, recognize the complexity of violence and the interdependence of physiology and the structural context?

      jeanne's lecture notes on one plausible answer:

      I think that phrases like the following "recovery from nervous and mental disease is a detoxification process and can be facilitated by therapy and self-help measures that involve the releasing and redirecting of repressed emotions." suggest that he does. So regardless of which discipline from which we approach the issue of violence, there is general agreement that there is no single predictor.