Differences in executive functioning between violent and non-violent offenders

  title={Differences in executive functioning between violent and non-violent offenders},
  author={Jesse Meijers and Joke M. Harte and Gerben Meynen and Pim Cuijpers},
  journal={Psychological Medicine},
  pages={1784 - 1793}
Background A growing body of neuropsychological and neurobiological research shows a relationship between functioning of the prefrontal cortex and criminal and violent behaviour. The prefrontal cortex is crucial for executive functions such as inhibition, attention, working memory, set-shifting and planning. A deficit in these functions – a prefrontal deficit – may result in antisocial, impulsive or even aggressive behaviour. While several meta-analyses show large effect sizes for the… 

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