In developed nations, 30-40% of males are convicted of non-traffic related crimes, yet decades of research have shown that only a small fraction of the population commits a very large fraction of these crimes. A new study in The Lancet Psychiatry is the first to use large-scale longitudinal data, following 1,000 individuals from birth to midlife to test if the brains of persistent antisocial individuals differ from ordinary young people who break the law.
Journalists came to the SMC to hear more about this study and its findings, and hear the answer to questions including:
Professor Essi Viding, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, University College London
Dr Christina Carlisi, Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow, University College London
Professor Terrie Moffitt (by phone), Professor of Social Development, King’s College London and Nannerl O. Keohane University Professor of Psychology, Duke University
This briefing was accompanied with an SMC roundup of comments.