Analyzing Criminal Minds
Forensic Investigative Science for the 21st Century
by Don Jacobs
April 2011, 320pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-39699-1
$75, £58, 66€, A103
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Engaging a dangerous psychopath up close and personal will, at first, demonstrate his gifts of deception. Only extending the conversation will reveal his true nature, as one starts to see red flags—impatience, rolling eyes, curt answers. Even the least perceptive can sense that something is not quite right, but how does law enforcement know for sure?

An insightful book presenting cutting-edge information on the newest, most remarkable forensic science and methods used for understanding the criminal mind.

Analyzing Criminal Minds: Forensic Investigative Science for the 21st Century explores new and emerging approaches to a perennially fascinating subject. Author Don Jacobs looks at 10 tools and products that have revolutionized the discipline, explaining how modern criminal mind analysis incorporates advances in criminal and forensic psychology, forensic neuropsychology, brain imaging, adolescent neurobiology, criminal profiling, and brain fingerprinting, as well as research into the paralimbic brain system and the impact of the “DANE” brain upon adolescent and young adult behavior.

Twenty-three characteristics shared by jailed violent criminals are analyzed and considered in terms of neuropsychology and developmental psychology. The book also probes psychopathy in its various degrees, in children, adolescents, and adults, and explains a controversial but increasingly accepted theory that psychopathy is a “natural” outgrowth of evolution, describing how this “natural” psychopathy can become a condition typified by violent, sadistic, and irreversible personality disorder.


  • A foreword by Dwight Adams, former director at the FBI Lab at Quantico
  • Four current autobiographical essays from an ongoing, 25-year study of adolescent behavior
  • Illustrative vignettes from current news, pop culture, and literature
  • Brain images of midbrain limbic system and prefrontal regions showing modular and interconnection of chemical pathways that ignite feelings, thinking, and behavior
  • A glossary of terms
  • An extensive bibliography
Don Jacobs is department chair of behavioral science at Weatherford College, Weatherford, TX, a position he has held for more than ten years. Since 1997, Professor Jacobs has written 15 books—most recently, Psychology of Deception: Analysis of Sexually Psychopathic Crime—that focus on various topics related to forensic psychology, psychopathy, and sexually psychopathic serial crime.
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