Research and theorizing on criminal decision making has not kept pace with recent developments in other fields of human decision making. Whereas criminal decision making theory is still largely dominated by cognitive approaches such as rational choice-based models, psychologists, behavioral economists and neuroscientists have found affect (i.e., emotions, moods) and visceral factors such as sexual arousal and drug craving, to play a fundamental role in human decision processes.

This book examines alternative approaches to incorporating affect into criminal decision making and testing its influence on such decisions. In so doing it generalizes extant cognitive theories of criminal decision making by incorporating affect into the decision process. In two conceptual and ten empirical chapters it is carefully argued how affect influences criminal decisions alongside rational and cognitive considerations. The empirical studies use a wide variety of methods ranging from interviews and observations to experimental approaches and questionnaires, and treat crimes as diverse as street robbery, pilfering, and sex offences. It will be of interest to criminologists, social psychologists, judgment and decision making researchers, behavioral economists and sociologists alike.

chapter 1|19 pages

Affect and cognition in criminal decision making

Between rational choices and lapses of self-control
ByJean-Louis Van Gelder, Henk Elffers, Danielle Reynald, Daniel Nagin

chapter 2|22 pages

Affect and the reasoning criminal

Past and future
ByRonald V. Clarke

chapter 3|16 pages

Affect and the dynamic foreground of predatory street crime

Desperation, anger and fear
ByVolkan Topalli, Richard Wright

chapter 4|19 pages

Posterior gains and immediate pains

Offender emotions before, during and after robberies
ByMarie Rosenkrantz Lindegaard, Wim Bernasco, Scott Jacques, Babet Zevenbergen

chapter 6|22 pages

Sexual arousal and the ability to access sexually aggressive consequences from memory

ByM. Lyn Exum, Ashley Zachowicz

chapter 7|21 pages

Emotional arousal and child sex offending

A situational perspective
ByRichard Wortley, Stephen Smallbone

chapter 8|21 pages

‘I would have been sorry'

Anticipated regret and the role of expected emotions in the decision to offend
ByAmy Sariti Kamerdze, Tom Loughran, Ray Paternoster

chapter 9|18 pages

Anticipated emotions and immediate affect in criminal decision making

From shame to anger
ByJean-Louis Van Gelder, Danielle Reynald, Henk Elffers

chapter 10|14 pages

Emotional justifications for unethical behaviour

ByShaul Shalvi, Jean-Louis Van Gelder, Job Van Der Schalk

chapter 11|28 pages

A neuropsychological test of criminal decision making

Regional prefrontal influences in a dual process model
ByKyle Treiber

chapter 12|18 pages

Traits and states of self-conscious emotions in criminal decision making

ByStephen G. Tibbetts