I am a Norwegian criminologist with an interest in how nature and nurture combined create human behaviour. This is a popular science blog where I comment on news, scientific findings and literature relevant to my subject – more often than not with an evolutionary informed approach to understanding the subject matter. The blog is meant for a Norwegian audience, and so it is mostly in the not so universal language of Norwegian.

Over the past four years, I have held numerous lectures on the benefits of an evolutionary informed approach to understanding the cross-cultural sex and age differences in anti-social and criminal behaviour. Please see the video below for a lecture I held in English on sex differences in intimate partner homicide for the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, University of Oslo (August 2009). 



I am currently conducting an epidemiological study of filicide (including infanticide and neonaticide) in Norway for the years 1980 – 2009. It is the first study on filicide in this country since 1984. I am expecting to publish articles on my study in 2011.

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Vibeke Ottesen 06.12.2009


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    Jeg er kriminolog og opptatt av hvordan samspillet mellom arv og miljø skaper mennesket. Jeg har derfor en biososial tilnærming til faglige interesser. Dette er en populærvitenskapelig blogg hvor jeg kommenterer nyheter og vitenskapelige funn og litteratur. Vibeke Ottesen
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