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Essay: From a genetic predisposition till actual aggressive and antisocial behavior

Vermeer, M. (2014) Essay: From a genetic predisposition till actual aggressive and antisocial behavior. Master's Thesis / Essay, Biology.

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Abstract

Aggressive and antisocial behavior acclaimed much political and media awareness since the 1960s. Antisocial behavior often presents itself during development where genetic and environmental interplay shapes its course. Most predominant environmental factors have been identified as adverse childhood experiences and due to advances in science and brain imaging techniques a few genetic variations have been identified that are involved in the modulation of endogenous brain chemicals like neurotransmitters. However, whether these genes are triggered or not strongly depends on what happens during childhood. This review outlines currently known genetic risk factors and provides these factors with examples of individuals that have behaved in an actual aggressive and antisocial manner. This review further discusses the ramifications these developments have had on society and legal proceedings. It emphasis that the onset of aggressive and antisocial behavior, as well as behavior itself, is a complex of consecutive factors, where one influences the other and the outcome is therefore never set from the start.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:57
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:57
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/11916

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