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The Impact of Behavioral Sciences on Criminal Law$
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Nita A. Farahany

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195340525

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340525.001.0001

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Behavioral Genetics: The Science of Antisocial Behavior

Behavioral Genetics: The Science of Antisocial Behavior

(p.3) 1 Behavioral Genetics: The Science of Antisocial Behavior
The Impact of Behavioral Sciences on Criminal Law

Laura A. Baker

Serena Bezdjian

Adrian Raine

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the methodologies and results of behavioral genetics studies, focusing on traits such as antisocial behavior, aggression, and behaviors associated with criminal conduct. It describes in detail the classic methods as well as more recent research designs of behavioral genetics studies, along with the various assumptions, strengths, and weaknesses of each approach. It surveys leading scientific research in antisocial personality disorder and explains the known biological and environmental contributions.

Keywords:   aggression, criminal behavior, antisocial personality disorder, genetic influence

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