Biology of Crime

Adrian Raine and Jill Portnoy

in The Future of Criminology

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199917938
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950430 | DOI:
Biology of Crime

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This chapter focuses on biomarkers for conduct disorder, antisocial behavior, and delinquency, with a special emphasis on low resting heart rate. This factor has been extensively replicated in different populations and different negative outcomes even when possible confounds were taken into account. The heart rate is related to other concepts such as unpleasant physiological state and fearlessness, and may be a marker for noradrenergic and reduced right brain functioning. The chapter advocates future studies to demonstrate the extent to which heart rate is a good biological and predictive marker for conduct problems, antisocial behavior, and delinquency.

Keywords: biomarkers; conduct disorder; antisocial behavior; fearlessness; low resting heart rate; delinquency

Chapter.  4470 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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