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Tijdschr Psychiatr. 2010;52(6):387-96.

[The neurobiology of antisocial behaviour].

[Article in Dutch]

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Erasmus MC te Rotterdam. m.loomans@erasmusmc.nl

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Neuro-imaging is being used increasingly to provide explanations for antisocial behaviour.

AIM:

To make a neurobiological contribution to the diagnosis of many types of antisocial behaviour.

METHOD:

The literature was searched using PubMed and combinations of the keywords 'psychopathy', 'antisocial', 'neurobiology' and 'neuro-anatomy' for the period 1990-2009.

RESULTS:

Impairments in the prefrontal cortex, amygdala, hippocampus, superior temporal gyrus, corpus callosum and anterior cingulate cortex provide a possible explanation for a large number of the symptoms associated with antisocial behaviour. The concept of psychopathy is connected mainly with impairments in a prefrontal-temporal-limbic system. CONCLUSION Combinations of deficiencies in the associated brain areas and malfunctioning of the communication between the various brain structures seem to play a more important role than deficiencies in the separate brain structures.

PMID:
20544596
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