A new study suggests that the potential for criminal behavior may be seen in children as young as three years old.
New York (WiredPRNews.com) – A new study suggests that the potential for criminal behavior may be evident during infancy. As reported by Reuters Health, researchers found that children who do not exhibit typical responses to sounds that are deemed unpleasant may show a propensity for adulthood crime.
As noted in the report, the researchers tested the fear of consequences of study participants during infancy, and examined their criminal history 20 years later. Those children with the lowest noise responses reportedly had obtained a criminal conviction by adulthood.
The researchers are quoted as writing of their findings, “Crime is clearly a complex construct involving multiple interactions between genetic, brain, family and social influences” and a biological means of identifying those who will commit crimes is not offered by the results.
More information about the study may be available in the Nov. 16 online publication of the American Journal of Psychiatry.
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