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Evaluate the degree to which the biological and physiological theories adequately explain criminal behavior. Give specific examples.

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This solution looks at biological and physiological theories for criminal behavior and how biological and physiological factors have been discussed as risk factors for criminal behaviors. The solution describes a study supporting each theory and considerations that must be made when assessing the validity of each theory.

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Recently, a study was done regarding this issue where scientists examined 21 people with a history of criminal behavior and who were diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder and compared them with individuals not diagnosed with the same disorder and who had no history of criminal behavior. The individuals with antisocial personality disorder were found to have significant brain function differences, particularly in the frontal lobe where impulse control and judgment are localized (LiveScience, 2011).

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