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NCJ Number: 229754 Find in a Library
Title: Blaming the Parts Instead of the Person: Understanding and Applying Neurobiological Factors Associated with Psychopathy
Journal: Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice  Volume:52  Issue:1  Dated:January 2010  Pages:29-53
Author(s): Lauren F. Freedman; Simon N. Verdun-Jones
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 25
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This article examines in-depth the argument that individuals with psychopathy are neurobiologically different from their non-psychopathic counterparts and that these differences affect their inclination to violate the law.
Abstract: This article examines the implications of the body of research that asserts that psychopaths have neurobiological irregularities that are manifested by learning and fear-processing deficits as well as neurotransmitter abnormalities. While this research suggests that psychopaths may have many neurobiological irregularities, the present article focuses on abnormalities related to the amygdala and orbitofrontal cortex of the brain, in addition to those related to neurotransmitters. It is argued that these irregularities influence the conduct of psychopaths and help to explain their propensity to engage in antisocial behavior. Further, it is argued that these factors should mitigate the degree of criminal responsibility that is attributed to the actions of psychopathic offenders. References (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminal responsibility
Index Term(s): Behavioral science research; Biological influences; Criminal intent; Deviance; Mental illness-crime relationships; Neurological disorders; Psychopaths
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