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Turning To Crime – What Are The Causes of Criminal Behaviour?



3.1 Brain Dysfunction


–    Cesare Lombroso’s theory of anthropological criminology stated that criminality was inherited.

–    This theory now seems outdated and most modern theories of crime place far more emphasis on environmental factors.


Raine (2002) Understanding the development of antisocial behaviour in children




–                Raine conducted research using PET scanning and found abnormalities in some parts of the brain in violent criminals.

–                He has found that low physiological arousal, birth complications, fearlessness and increased body size are early markers for later aggressive behaviour.

–                He used PET scanning.


Patients are injected with a slightly radioactive glucose. The most active brain tissue uses


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