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Criminology - Analyzing Criminal Behaviour

Sara Palermo

University of Turin


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Criminal sciences attempt to give an explanation of criminal phenomena, to study the personality of the offenders and their environmental context, to classify antisocial behaviors as crimes, and to regulate the enforcement of the sentence. in particular, criminal behavior analysis combines the study of psychology, motivations of deviant and violent behaviours, and the basics of the criminal justice system.

Over the years, several models and theories have been developed, with the aim of explaining the recondite nature of crime: from unifactorial to multifactorial, passing through deterministic "cause-effect" theories, up to the present day, where neuroscientific approaches are becoming increasingly popular. In this perspective, knowledge in the domain of forensic psychopathology - in relation to the assessment of imputability and social danger - become fundamental and require taking into account the innovative perspective of clinical neuropsychology.

This book aims to provide the reader with a complete overview of the current state of the art in the criminological context (from a legal, sociocultural, psychological, and medical point of view), paying particular attention to the most important evidence-based developments in this area.

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Sara Palermo

University of Turin

Sara Palermo is a MSc in Clinical Psychology and a PhD in Experimental Neuroscience. Moreover, she obtained the National Scientific Enabling Certificate for Associate Professorship in April 2017 (ASN-2017). She is an expert in experimental neuroscience, clinical neuropsychology and advance neuropsychological testing. Moreover, she performs multidimensional geriatric evaluation and basic neurological symptomatology detection in patients with neurodegenerative disorders. She is also engaged in Activation Likelihood Estimation meta-analysis of neuroimaging studies. She worked as a postdoc research fellow at the Department of Neuroscience 'Rita Levi Montalcini” in Turin until July 2017. Since then she works as research fellow at the Department of Psychology in Turin. To date, she owns three research Group memberships at the University of Turin (Italy). She is a member of the 'Center for the Study of Movement Disorders” (research area: Neurology) and the 'Placebo Responses Mapping Group” (research area: Physiology) at the Department of Neuroscience, and a member of the 'Neuropsychology of cognitive impairment and central nervous system degenerative diseases Group” at the Department of Psychology (Research Area: Psychobiology and physiological psychology). The main topics of her research are the study of awareness of illness, metacognitive-executive deficits in neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders, physical and cognitive frailty in the elderly, and placebo/nocebo phenomena. Interestingly, all of them may represent appealing perspectives from which to study how neuropsychological abnormalities can be explained in terms of brain activities and with the use of neuropsychiatric and neuropsychological batteries considering a neurocognitive approach. Given her research interests and scientific publications, she has been an ordinary member of the Italian Society of Neuropsychology (SINP), of the Italian Association of Psychogeriatrics (AIP), of the Italian Society of Neurology for Dementia (SiNdem), and – finally – of the international Society for Interdisciplinary Placebo Studies (SIPS). Importantly, she is a member of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Aging (EIP on AHA), for which she is involved in the Action Group A3 Functional decline and frailty. Sara Palermo is Panel Editor for 'EC Psychology and Psychiatry'. She was recently appointed as Specialty Chief Editor for 'Frontiers in Psychology - Neuropsychology'.

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