Is the brain to blame? Long-term antisocial behavior may be linked to differences in brain structure

Written by Heather Jones (Future Science Group)

Multi-institutional research observing the brain structures of individuals displaying antisocial behavior has discovered that there may be an association between specific differences in brain structure and persistent antisocial behavior. The study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, provides the first robust evidence to suggest that there are indeed neuropsychological differences underlying long-term antisocial behavior. Previous epidemiological studies have demonstrated that age of onset and duration of antisocial behavior can vary between individuals, with some displaying life-course-persistent antisocial behavior that begins in childhood and lasts into adulthood, while others desist as they mature into adulthood. This observational study used neuroimaging to compare...

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