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Mednick, Sarnoff A.: Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) Theory
Sarnoff A. Mednick, who received his Ph.D. in psychology from Northwestern University in 1954, is a well-known scholar with a background in sociobiology and methods of learning. Much of his earlier work focuses on how students interact and efficiently comprehend information in class. Since the initial stages of his career, he has promoted interdisciplinary cooperation, especially among the social and biological sciences. It was this multifaceted approach that led him to concentrate on how biological, environmental, and learning traits all were capable of explaining antisocial behavior for certain members of the general population. Beginning in the 1970s and continuing into the early 1990s, Mednick's research sought out a series of biological and heritable traits that correlated with criminal behavior. It was his intention to bring to the forefront biological facts from his Danish adoption and schizophrenia studies and merge them with positivistic theories of criminal behavior. His focus, as it ...