Dr. Brian Boutwell explores the role of genetics and environmental on antisocial behavior.
Dr. Brian Boutwell, an Assistant Professor in the College of Criminal Justice, is working to unlock the mysteries surrounding the role that genetics and environmental influences play on criminal and antisocial behavior.
“Biosocial research is a multi-disciplinary way of studying antisocial behavior,” said Dr. Boutwell. “It involves aspects of behavioral genetics, neuroscience, evolutionary biology and developmental psychology. Additionally, it incorporates different analytical techniques and research methods to examine criminal and antisocial behaviors.”
For centuries now, many scholars have pointed to the role that biological factors play in sculpting human behavior. The incorporation of biology, however, into the study of criminal behaviors remains in its infancy and on the fringes of criminology. Dr. Boutwell specializes in this emerging area of research and has used it in recent studies examining corporal punishment, rape, stalking and IQ.