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The Los Angeles Times (http://tinyurl.com/amygdala-and-crime 11/17, Kaplan) “Booster Shots” blog┬ásaid that, according to a study published online Nov. 16 in the American Journal of Psychiatry, “criminal behavior may be hard-wired — to some degree — in children as young as three and could be the result of a malfunctioning amygdala.” During the 1970s, researchers “recruited 1,795 three-year-olds” and “gave them a” tone-based “test designed to measure whether their amygdalas…were developing normally.” Twenty years later, “137 of the subjects…had criminal records.” Re-examining “their childhood tests, the scientists found that their reactions to the pleasant and high-pitched tones were the same,” results that were “in stark contrast to the other subjects, who learned to fear the high-pitched tones.”

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USA Today (http://tinyurl.com/anger-disorder 11/19, Jayson) reports, “Anger is considered a factor in mental illnesses, such as depression, but it is not an official disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association.” Nevertheless, “anger expert” Raymond DiGiuseppe, PhD, of “St. John’s University in Queens, NY, is among those who say a new ‘anger disorder’ diagnosis is warranted for people experiencing excessive or uncontrolled anger.” Still, “anger is not all negative, psychologists caution.” Pointing out that “anger signals a need that is not being filled,” clinical psychologist Robert Allan, PhD, of Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital, stated, “The question is how you express it.”

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