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Why torture doesn't work : the neuroscience of interrogation, Shane O'Mara

Label
Why torture doesn't work : the neuroscience of interrogation
Title
Why torture doesn't work
Title remainder
the neuroscience of interrogation
Statement of responsibility
Shane O'Mara
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Torture is banned because it is cruel and inhumane. But as Shane O'Mara writes in this account of the human brain under stress, another reason torture should never be condoned is because it does not work the way torturers assume it does. In countless films and TV shows such as Homeland and 24, torture is portrayed as a harsh necessity. If cruelty can extract secrets that will save lives, so be it. CIA officers and others conducted torture using precisely this justification. But does torture accomplish what its defenders say it does? For ethical reasons, there are no scientific studies of torture. But neuroscientists know a lot about how the brain reacts to fear, extreme temperatures, starvation, thirst, sleep deprivation, and immersion in freezing water, all tools of the torturer's trade. These stressors create problems for memory, mood, and thinking, and sufferers predictably produce information that is deeply unreliable--and, for intelligence purposes, even counterproductive. As O'Mara guides us through the neuroscience of suffering, he reveals the brain to be much more complex than the brute calculations of torturers have allowed, and he points the way to a humane approach to interrogation, founded in the science of brain and behavior. Torture may be effective in forcing confessions, as in Stalin's Russia. But if we want information that we can depend on to save lives, O'Mara writes, our model should be Napoleon: 'It has always been recognized that this way of interrogating men, by putting them to torture, produces nothing worthwhile.'" -- Publisher's description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
O'Mara, S. M.
Dewey number
616.85/21
Index
index present
LC call number
RC552.T7
LC item number
O43 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
WM 167
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Psychic trauma
  • Psychological abuse
  • Torture
Label
Why torture doesn't work : the neuroscience of interrogation, Shane O'Mara
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
31223114343685
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Torture in modern times -- How the brain supports memory and executive functions -- Can we use technology to detect deception? -- What do stress and pain do to the brain? -- What does sleep deprivation do to the brain? -- Drowning, cooling, heating, and starving the brain -- Why does a torturer torture? -- Why torture? Why not talk?
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
322 pages
Isbn
9780674743908
Lccn
2015015973
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 906121712
  • 906121712
  • (OCoLC)906121712
Label
Why torture doesn't work : the neuroscience of interrogation, Shane O'Mara
Publication
Bar code
31223114343685
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Torture in modern times -- How the brain supports memory and executive functions -- Can we use technology to detect deception? -- What do stress and pain do to the brain? -- What does sleep deprivation do to the brain? -- Drowning, cooling, heating, and starving the brain -- Why does a torturer torture? -- Why torture? Why not talk?
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
322 pages
Isbn
9780674743908
Lccn
2015015973
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 906121712
  • 906121712
  • (OCoLC)906121712

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