AQA Psychology Studies - Raine (2000)

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Raine (2000) - Links Between APD & abnormalities in the grey matter of the pre-frontal cortex.

This study investigated whether there was any difference between the brain activity of convicted murderers and non-murderers. This was possible because 41 violent murderers had claimed to be Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity. The researchers used a PET scanner and recorded the metabolism of radioactive glucose in the brain (the more that is metabolized, the more activity there is). A number of differences in brain activity were seen in areas of the brain that previous studies have related to violence and aggression…

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