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Reconciling Behavioral and Brain Science in Violence Prevention: Theory and Practice.

Abstract: This is paper outlines a map leading toward a more paresiomious theory and practice of violence prevention, integrating and reconciling an array of findings from medical advanes on violence prevention research. The paper lays a beginning integrated foundation for coding and planning violence prevention or intervention strategies based on a mnemonic for the reconciliation of diverse scientific discoveries.  The paper lays out briefly how each of these components have underlying connection to basic biological issues solved over the course of human evolution, and that the strategies to reduce the risk of violence and aggression in human society need to be exremely complex. Further, the paper shows that most successful violence prevention strategies are unlikely to be curricular in nature, based on the reconciliation of medical and behavioral discoveries.

Relevance to PAXIS’ Work: This paper provides a simple neumonic for designing preventive and treatment protocols:  (A) = antecendent and ancestral stories; (B&B) = Brain and Behavior; (C&C) Cognitions and Consequences; (D, D, & D) = Drive, Disposition, and Development; and (E&E) Ecology and Environment. PAXIS uses these simple neumonics to help people and organizations have greater psychological flexibility about finding solutions to protect human groups be healthier, happier, more productive and peaceful.