Monday, August 29, 2016

"Criminal Genius"

New from the University of California Press: Criminal Genius: A Portrait of High-IQ Offenders by James C. Oleson.

About the book, from the publisher:
For years, criminologists have studied the relationship between crime and below-average intelligence, concluding that offenders usually possess IQ scores of 8 to 10 points below those of nonoffenders. Little, however, is known about the criminal behavior of those with above-average IQ scores. This book provides some of the first empirical information about the self-reported crimes of people with genius-level IQ scores. Combining quantitative data from 72 different offenses with qualitative data from 44 follow-up interviews, James C. Oleson describes the nature of crime by offenders of high IQ thereby shedding light on a population often ignored in research and yet sensationalized by media.
James C. Oleson is Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of Auckland.

--Marshal Zeringue