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Unlocking crime using biological keys

| | May 6, 2013
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Bad brains result in bad behavior.

A new body of knowledge is documenting beyond reasonable doubt that we need to put the brain on trial as a prime suspect. You’ve heard of neuroeconomics, and likely neurolaw. Now it’s time for “neurocriminology” — the application of neuroscience tools to dissect violence all the way down to its root causes.

Nearly 200 twin and adoption studies have shown that a full half of aggression, crime and violence can be chalked up to genetic influences. Once genes are invoked, biological influences inevitably hold sway. Genes translate to altered brain functioning that in turn transforms behavior.

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