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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. Deckel@psychiatry.uchc.edu

Abstract

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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