08 Jun ‘Did you know?’ Thursdays
What is the relationship between the brain and crime? Research shows that in numerous instances neurological impairment can generate violent and criminal behaviour.
The frontal lobe is responsible for thought, personality, behaviour and word choice. Several types of brain injury, particularly those affecting this part of the brain, can lead to increased aggression. Some pathologies and infectious diseases that attack the frontal lobe, such as rabies, can also result in people committing violent acts. Moreover, many offenders suffer from antisocial personality disorder, a hereditary disorder resulting in the reduced volume of cells in the prefrontal cortex.
Although brain injuries and disorders often give rise violent behaviour, it is important to avoid deterministic views. Morality, which is a learned behaviour, is strikingly resistant to brain disorders.
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