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Criminal Mind

Friday, April 22, 2022 to Saturday, April 30, 2022

The Program

Criminal behavior is a complex, extremely common, and costly problem for society. Not all people who engage in criminal behavior are the same in terms of etiological pathways, versatility, continuity, type of behavior, and amenability to treatment. There is little agreement about the causal origins of criminal behavior. However, research identifies a range of factors that are involved in the development of criminal behavior, including environmental (e.g., neighborhood), constitutional (e.g., personality), and neurobiological (e.g., emotion, attention, and executive functions). This program will cover a range of theoretical and empirical material to begin to understand the development of the “criminal mind.”


  • Environmental Factors
  • Constitutional Factors
  • Neurobiological Factors
  • Intervention and Legal Policy


The Speaker

Arielle Baskin-Sommers
Associate Professor of Psychology and of Psychiatry, Yale University

Arielle Baskin-Sommers is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Yale, a Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School, and also a licensed clinical psychologist. Her work focuses on identifying and specifying the cognitive, emotional, and environmental mechanisms that contribute to antisocial behavior (e.g., substance use, criminal activity, aggression). She is also the first person in Connecticut to be granted permission to run a lab space in a prison. To support her work, Dr. Baskin-Sommers has been awarded grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Justice, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She is the author of over 105 peer reviewed publications and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Yale Poorvu Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2019.



  • 4 90-minute online lecture and discussion sessions (a total of 6 hours) over 2 weeks
  • Pre-program reading selected by the professor
  • Complete a creative project assigned by the professor, with the opportunity of getting your work published on the Center’s WeChat account or video platforms

Those who attend 100% of the sessions will each receive a certificate of completion.

The language of the program will be English.

Participation Format

Please download and install the Zoom Application beforehand. Yale Center Beijing’s staff will contact confirmed participants for further testing in advance of the program to ensure a pleasant experience.


Date & Time

China Standard Time

  • Friday, April 22; Saturday, April 23; Friday, April 29; Saturday, April 30;
  • 8:00-9:30 pm




  • Middle / high school / university students and anyone who is interested in psychology ( Recommendation: be at least 16 years old)
  • English language proficiency required for meaningful participation during discussions


  • Flash Sale (by March 20): RMB 2,999
  • Early Bird (by April 3): RMB 3,999
  • Student Ticket: RMB 3,999
  • Alumni Ticket: RMB 3,999
  • Group Discount Price (at least three persons): RMB 3,999
  • Standard Ticket: RMB 5,999

*The registration fee for the event is non-refundable. Unless due to a force majeure reason, Yale Center Beijing will not refund any part of the registration fee if a participant fails to attend the event.


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Experience Yale Program Series

Yale Center Beijing has held Yale faculty-led multi-day programs over the years to create a platform for next generation leaders to engage in intellectual exchange and discover new interests and abilities. The “Experience Yale” Program Series aims to expose participants to the quintessential education experience at Yale, where participants interact with Yale faculty from various fields, and engage in critical thinking, evidence-based discussions, and collaborative activities, which are the keystones of a liberal arts education.

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