Answer the following questions using the reading pages attached. Minimum 2 paragraphs per question.
Is there any validity to family studies in determining the role of genetics in criminal behavior? Why or why not?
Explain the rationale of studies that examine the biological and adoptive parents of adopted children. What do most of these studies show regarding the influence of genetics on criminal behavior? What are the criticisms of these studies?
Explain what cytogenetic disorders are, and describe the related disorder that is most linked to criminal behavior. What characteristics of this type of disorder seem to be driving the higher propensity toward crime?
What types of hormones have been shown by scientific studies to be linked to criminal activity? Give specific examples of this link.
Explain what neurotransmitters are, and describe which neurotransmitters are key in predicting criminal offending. Provide support from previous scientific studies.
Which areas of the brain have shown the greatest vulnerability to trauma in terms of criminal offending? Does the lack of healthy functioning in these areas/lobes make sense? Why?
How do brain-wave patterns differ between chronic, violent criminals and normal people? Does this make sense in biosocial models of criminality?
How does the autonomic nervous system differ between chronic, violent criminals and normal people? Does this make sense in biosocial models of criminality?