Segments in this Video

Texas Tower Sniper (03:04)


In 1966, Charles Whitman kills several people at random; he also kills his wife and mother. Whitman’s diary reveals he felt himself a victim of aggressive and uncontrollable thoughts; he asks for an autopsy in a suicide note. The autopsy reveals a brain tumor.

Case of "Michael" (04:58)

"Michael” is convicted of sex offenses. Prior to incarceration, he suffers headaches and goes to the E.R.; doctors discover a brain tumor. “Michael’s” behavior changes after surgeons remove the tumor. Jeffrey Burns and Russell Swerdlow discuss "Michael's" brain function.

Brain Abnormalities and Criminal Behavior (04:36)

David Eagleman reflects on culpability. Kent Kiehl investigates why psychopaths commit a disproportionate amount of violence and criminal acts. MRI scans reveal physical differences in psychopathic and non-psychopathic brains. Kiehl uses MRI to test reactions to varying visual stimuli.

Unconscious Brain (04:57)

Mechanisms in the brain drive who we are, how we act, and what we believe—without our conscious awareness. Eagleman cites an example of automatization. We are unaware of the reality around us until we bring it to our attention.

Decision-Making and Control (06:26)

Patrick Haggard seeks to understand free will. An experiment reveals that our brains can be influenced to make a choice; influence may provide a greater sense of agency. A second experiment suggests that our brains control our decisions and actions.

Good vs. Bad Choices (07:13)

Several people develop obsessions after receiving medication for Parkinson's disease. Increased dopamine levels can decrease impulse control; drug addiction is similar. Eagleman explains a prefrontal workout treatment. Measuring impulsivity is a good indicator of whether an inmate will commit a future crime.

Antisocial Behavior (06:13)

Some people with little self-control learn to regulate their behavior. Joshua Buckholtz investigates whether he can help individuals control their impulses. Experts associate the Y-chromosome with an increased probability of criminal behavior. Genes and environmental experiences shape one's brain and behavior.

Integrative Moral Judgment (07:42)

Everybody is a product of their genes and environment. Can neuroscience help shape the legal system’s perspective on culpability and sentencing? Experts discuss the case of Brian Dugan.

Criminal Rehabilitation (03:44)

Across society, jail does not work to change behaviors. Experts discuss mitigating factors, treating underlying problems to prevent recidivism, and the impact of neuroscience.

Credits: Blame It on the Brain: My Brain Made Me Do It (01:03)

Credits: Blame It on the Brain: My Brain Made Me Do It

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Dr. David Eagleman, one of the world’s leading neuroscientists and founder of the Neuroscience and Law Initiative, takes viewers on an amazing journey into uncharted waters – the landscape of the criminal mind.

Length: 52 minutes

Item#: BVL285622

ISBN: 979-8-88678-654-5

Copyright date: ©2016

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