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Biosocial Criminology and Models of Criminal Decision Making  

Kyle Treiber

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
This chapter explores how integrating the science of criminal decision making and contemporary biosocial criminology can benefit our understanding of why people make criminal action ... More

Crime Specialization  

Nadine Deslauriers-Varin, Patrick Lussier, and Stacy Tzoumakis

Crime specialization is one of the most researched and often-debated criminal career parameters. To date, the concept of specialization has been approached mainly from a static viewpoint ... More

Evolutionary Approaches to Rational Choice  

Paul Ekblom

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
This chapter seeks to enrich and extend thinking about the rational choice perspective to offender decision making and its pivotal application in situational crime prevention by taking an ... More

Game Theory  

Heiko Rauhut

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Jul 2017
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Game theory analyzes strategic decision making of multiple interdependent actors and has become influential in economics, political science, and sociology. It provides novel insights in ... More

How Do We Get to Causal Clarity on Physical Environment-Crime Dynamics?  

Ralph B. Taylor

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Sep 2018
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Feb 2018
This chapter discusses research and theorizing about the crime impacts of the physical environment, relating it to past reviews of scholarship in this area, and highlighting the crucial ... More

Personality and Offender Decision Making: The Theoretical, Empirical, and Practical Implications for Criminology  

Shayne Jones

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
This chapter introduces readers to the notion of personality and how it relates to offending through decision making. It also demonstrates the importance of personality to criminological ... More

Rational Choice Theory, Heuristics, and Biases  

Megan Eileen Collins and Thomas A. Loughran

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Jul 2017
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A growing body of research on offender decision making has focused on studying the use of heuristic biases, or cognitive shortcuts taken in certain situations, when offenders make ... More

Social Learner Decision Making: Matching Theory as a Unifying Framework for Recasting a General Theory  

Carter Rees and L. Thomas Winfree

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
Social learning theory is one of the leading theories in the field of criminology. This chapter provides an overview of the role of choice and human agency within the theoretical framework ... More

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