In criminal genius a portrait of high iq offenders james oleson presents an empirical study of highly intelligent adults 130 iq points and the extent of their involvement in crime to set up the importance of his study oleson reviews how the dark figure of crime may be particularly salient for high iq offenders. Reviews in his new book criminal genius james oleson offers a novel and previously unavailable insight into the world of high iq offenders as rich in qualitative analysis as it is quantitative australian and new zealand journal of criminologyin most natural groupings the higher ones intelligence the less likely one is to commit criminal acts. Using a sample drawn from members of a high iq society college students and prisoners criminal genius demonstrates that high iq offenders defined as individuals with an iq score of 130 or higher may commit more offenses than lower iq individuals in fact a novelty of olesons research was the inclusion of participants from a high iq . Explanations for high iq crime publishers summary for years criminologists have studied the relationship between crime and below average intelligence concluding that offenders possess iq scores 8 10 points below those of non offenders. Criminal genius a portrait of high iq offenders in this book university of california press concluding that offenders possess iq scores 8 10 points below those of non offenders 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
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