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Brain lesions and criminal behavior

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Researchers systematically mapped brain lesions in 17 patients from the literature whose lesions were temporally associated with criminal behavior, and report that the lesions were located in spatially diverse brain regions, but that all the lesions mapped to a common functional brain network that included regions involved in aspects of moral decision-making, suggesting why certain brain lesions might predispose people toward criminal behavior whereas others might not.

Article #17-06587: "Lesion network localization of criminal behavior," by R. Ryan Darby, Andreas Horn, Fiery Cushman, and Michael D. Fox.

MEDIA CONTACT: R. Ryan Darby, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN; tel: 615-945-9687; e-mail: <>


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