Lecture to focus on causes, consequences of terrorism

Jeff VictoroffJeff Victoroff, an expert on human aggression and the psychology of terrorists and suicide bombers, will speak on the causes and consequences of terrorism Monday, March 18, at 7 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

Victoroff, an associate professor of clinical neurology and psychiatry at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, will speak on “Why We War, or How a Suicide Bomber is Very Like a Green-bearded Amoeba.”

He is involved with a number of organizations dealing with terrorism. He is a director of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Social and Psychological Factors in the Genesis of Terrorism; a principal investigator on Psychological Correlates of Aggression among Children of the Intifada (Gaza); a member of the U.N. Roster of Terrorism Experts; and a member of the Organizing Committee for the Madrid Summit on Terrorism.

Victoroff began his career in academic medicine. After training in neurology and psychiatry at Harvard and completing a fellowship in neurobehavior at UCLA, he joined the faculty of the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.

His research is divided between behavioral neurology and political psychology. He studies the neurobehavioral bases of human aggression and behavioral complications of traumatic brain injury.

Victoroff also studies psychological factors and evolutionary imperatives underlying violent extremism. He has edited two books on this subject: “Tangled Roots: Social and Psychological Factors in the Genesis of Terrorism” (2006) and, “Psychology of Terrorism: Classic and Contemporary Insights” (2009), with Arie Kruglanski,. His latest counterterrorism work for the U.S. Government was titled “Applied Evolutionary Neurobehavior to Reduce Participation in al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula.”

The event is free and opened to the public and sponsored by the Edith Green Lectureship. For more information, call Dawn Nowacki, 503-883-2276.