Brain : Brain And Behavior

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Brain Dysfunction in Criminal Behavior
Catherine Vivi
CRJ 308
Instructor: Stephanie Myers
November 2, 2015
Brain Dysfunction in Criminal Behavior
It may be possible that with the addition of negative environmental experiences criminal behavior develops and that without such negative environmental experiences a biological tendency may never otherwise transform into criminal behavior. In Criminal psychology, the author states, “Psychopathy is a personality disorder that is characterized by a coherent set of affective deficits, lifestyle factors, interpersonal deficits, and behaviors that strongly correlate with antisocial behavior” (DeLisi, 2013, ch.9). This paper will discuss the role that brain damage, abnormalities in brain structure, and disturbances in brain chemistry may play in criminal behavior.
In an article written in Cognitive Neuroscience, the authors examined the relationship between frontal lobe lesions and the presence of aggressive and violent behavior. The study involved 57 normal controls and 279 Vietnam veterans. They were compared by age, their educational level, and the amount of time that they had been in Vietnam. The veterans studied were those who had suffered head injuries during their service. According to the authors “Two Aggression/Violence Scale scores, based on observer ratings, were constructed. The results indicated that patients with frontal ventromedial lesions consistently demonstrated Aggression/Violence Scale scores significantly
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