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J Clin Psychol. 1996 Nov;52(6):639-50.

Antisocial personality disorder, childhood delinquency, and frontal brain functioning: EEG and neuropsychological findings.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut Medical School, Farmington 06030, USA.


This experiment examined the ability of EEG activity and neuropsychological testing to predict both antisocial personality disorder (ASP) and retrospective self-ratings of early childhood problem behaviors (CPB). Regression analyses found that increased frontal left-hemisphere EEG activation was associated with a decreased likelihood of the diagnosis of ASP or CPB. An association was also found between several motor tests of the Luria-Nebraska and Porteus Maze Test scores and CPB/ASP. The current findings suggest that ASP and CPB are associated with variations in frontal lobe functioning. They further suggest that disturbances in prefrontal functioning may be a common biological ground that links ASP, substance abuse, and biological mechanisms of reinforcement.

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