Raine is a Robert G. Wright Professor of Psychology.
What kind of research
do you conduct?
My research has focused on the biosocial
bases of antisocial and violent behavior in both children
and adults. Research interests include brain imaging,
psychophysiology, neurochemistry, antisocial behavior,
schizotypal personality, and alcoholism. Essentailly, we
study the "criminal brain". Why do people become criminal
and violent? Is there a brain basis to this behavior? And
are such people fully responsible for their actions? These
are some of the key questions that my laboratory attempts to
answer. In addition, we also conduct research on alcoholism,
drug abuse, and schizotypal personality.
a typical semester, how many undergraduates do you work
with? What kind of research activities do the undergraduate
Typically three to six. Their activities include
collecting and analyzing psychophysiological data,
conducting neuropsychological tests on research subjects,
brain imaging, hormone assays, library searches and data entry.
What are some
of your recent undergraduate projects?
Analyzing psychophysiological data and
collected on subjects from Mauritius. These subjects are
part of a longitudinal study where we are looking at
biological and social predictors of violence and alcoholism.
Analyzing brain imaging data (magnetic
resonance imaging) and calculating volumes for different
brain areas thought to be involved in violence and
Collecting and analyzing psychophysiological
and neuropsychological data on subjects tested in our
laboratory in order to look more closely at the links
between these measures and antisocial personality disorder.
Perform hormone assays on saliva samples
collected in our laboratory and in Mauritius to look at
cortisol and testosterone levels and how they relate to
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