Crime and Evolution – Science Express

Can evolution help social scientists understand the origins of criminal behaviours? Clinical psychology professor Tony Ward discusses his pioneering research.

The psychology of offenders, their developmental history, and the society they live in are important in understanding the causes of crime. But do they give a complete explanation? Professor Ward shows how studying the evolution of criminal behaviour could lead to new ways of managing offenders.

Recorded in August 2015 as part of Te Papa’s Science Express programme.

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