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Date: April 29th 7-8:30 PM

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Interactive Presentation - "Neurobiology of Violence"

Speaker: Dr. Debra Niehoff, author and faculty member at BCCC will be the presenter.


  • BCCC Main Campus - Library Learning Studio
  • NCC Monroe Campus - Room TNRV113
  • NCC Main Campus - Room CNTR220
  • Live Video Stream -

Doors open at 6:30 PM

Presentation from 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Q&A from 8:00 - 8:30 PM

*** The presentation will be archived for future reference and streamed for those who cannot attend in person.

The Four Faces of Violence: Insights from Brain Research

For many years, the specific neural pathways and mechanisms underlying emotional behavior, including violence, remained obscure. But over the last several decades, state-of-the-art tools and techniques like brain imaging have shed new light on the neurobiological origins and consequences of violent behavior, including changes in brain structure and functioning characteristic of violent individuals. This presentation will examine the neurobiological “signature” of four subtypes of violence — hostile, antisocial, drug-related, and psychotic — and how this knowledge can change the way we think about this critical social problem.

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Debra Niehoff, Ph.D. trained as a neuroscientist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is an adjunct professor of psychology at Bucks County Community College. Dr. Niehoff is the author of The Biology of Violence: How Understanding the Brain, Behavior, and Environment Can Break the Vicious Circle of Aggression (1999, The Free Press) and The Language of Life: How Cells Communicate in Health and Disease (2005, Joseph Henry Press), as well as articles on the brain and behavior for the academic community, healthcare professionals, and the general public. In addition, she serves periodically as a guest instructor for the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, where she teaches a workshop on the neurobiological origins and consequences of violence.


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**Psychology and Criminal Justice students are not required to register if attending on site. Please register if you intend to watch the live stream.

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