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Biological Trait Theories

Neurophysiological Conditions and Crime

Neurophysiology is the study of brain activity

Cases such as Charles Whitman (brain tumor) have focused attention on neurological impairments

EEG abnormalities have been linked to violent criminals

Minimal Brain Dysfunction: is manifested into episodic periods of explosive rage (PET scans)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: (ADHD) has been associated with poor school performance, bullying, and stubbornness

Brain Chemistry: neurotransmitters such as dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin in low levels are linked to aggressive behavior

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