Lectures examine biology of political violence
He will present, “The Neurobiology of Political Violence: New Tools to Understand and Deter Violent Actors,” at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, in T.J. Day 219. He will present, “The Differences between Donkeys and Elephants: Where Genes and Politics Meet,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Riley 201.
Hatemi will explore various neurobiological aspects affecting politics, including what causes a resort to aggression rather than more conciliatory mechanisms and what the differences between liberals and conservatives mean for society.
In addition to his work at Penn State, Hatemi serves as a research fellow at the United States Studies Center at the University of Sydney in Australia.
He was trained in political science at the University of Nebraska, and in genetic epidemiology at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. He continued his postdoctoral study in human genetics, psychology and psychiatry at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics at the Medical College of Virginia.
He is primarily interested in advancing the study of the neurobiological mechanisms of social and political behavior and using advanced methods in genetics, physiology, endocrinology and neurology to better understand human decisionmaking in complex political environments.
For more information, contact Yanna Weisberg, assistant professor of psychology, at 503-883-2724.