Posts Tagged ‘antisocial personality and amygdala’

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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