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Textbook on Criminology

Textbook on Criminology (7th edn)

Katherine S. Williams
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date: 12 August 2022

10. Intelligence and learninglocked

10. Intelligence and learninglocked

  • Andrew Sanders,
  • Richard Young
  •  and Mandy Burton


Course-focused and comprehensive, the Textbook on series provides an accessible overview of the key areas on the law curriculum. This chapter examines the relationship between intelligence and learning and criminality. The discussions cover the legal definition of low intelligence; how to measure intelligence; the link between crime and intellect; criticisms on intelligence and criminality; the danger of linking criminality and IQ; learning structures; differential association; differential reinforcement theory; social learning theory and cognitive social learning theories; media and crime; and practical implications for learning theories.

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