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This theory now seems outdated and most modern theories of crime place far more emphasis on environmental factors.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