Psychobiology of the Violent Offender

    Volume 37, Issue 1 (January 1992)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 15


    Convit, A
    Director of research, Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center, Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, Orangeburg, NY

    Martell, D
    Forensic research scientist, Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center, Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, Orangeburg, NY

    Volavka, J
    Chief, Clinical Research Division, Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, Orangeburg, NY

    (Received 11 March 1991; accepted 19 April 1991)

    Abstract

    The antecedents of violent crime may include childhood victimization, head injuries, and alcohol and drug abuse. Neuropsychological and neuropsychiatric findings suggest temporal and frontal lobe dysfunctions in violent offenders; these dysfunctions appear to be more pronounced in the dominant hemisphere. Recent studies implicate disturbances of central serotonergic functions in impulsive homicide and arson. These results provide an adequate rationale for larger interdisciplinary studies using neurochemical, neuropsychiatric/neuropsychological, and psychosocial methods on the same subjects.


    Paper ID: JFS13231J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13231J

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