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The anti-social brain: Novel insights from neuroscience and molecular biology

Rota, Giuseppina and Pellegrini, Silvia and Pietrini, Pietro The anti-social brain: Novel insights from neuroscience and molecular biology. Politica & Società (2). pp. 201-220. ISSN 2240-7901 (2014)

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Human beings are social animals. Life in society requires individuals to modulate their behavior accordingly to the norms that rule social contexts. Despite being generally sanctioned, violence remains a major issue worldwide. Advances in neuroscience and molecular biology are shedding new light on the biological mechanisms that underlie poor inhibitory control in impulsive aggression and the lack of empathy and emotional resonance in predatory violence. The increase in neuroscientific knowledge on the biological underpinnings of impulse control, moral judgment and social behavior may contribute to a wider understanding of the notion of free-will and responsibility. Here, we briefly discuss novel findings on the neurobiological correlates of aggressive and antisocial behavior and their potential ethical, forensic and political implications.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: 10.4476/77100
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aggressiveness, Psychopathy, Neuroimaging, Behavioral Genetics, Free-Will
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Research Area: Computer Science and Applications
Depositing User: Caterina Tangheroni
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2015 11:42
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2015 11:42
URI: http://eprints.imtlucca.it/id/eprint/2872

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