Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The relationship between frontal lobe functioning, trait displaced aggression and crime
by Geraci, Gianni G., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 106; 1595766
Abstract (Summary)

Previous literature indicates that slower electroencephalography (EEG) waves and hemispheric EEG asymmetry in frontal lobe regions (which are indicators of deficits in frontal lobe functioning) have been associated with violence and crime in habitually aggressive offenders. The current project is the first to investigate the relationship between frontal lobe functioning (EEG slow wave activity and asymmetry), trait displaced aggression (TDA), and crime. Results showed that TDA moderated the effect of frontal lobe asymmetry on violent crime. Specifically, there is a significant positive relationship between delta asymmetry and violent crime for those with high or mean levels of TDA but delta asymmetry did not impact crime for individuals low in TDA. Implications of this research for reducing violent crime will be discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pedersen, William C.
Commitee: Schug, Robert A., Thoman, Dustin B.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Neurosciences, Social psychology
Keywords: Asymmetry, Displaced aggression, Electroencephalography, Violent crime
Publication Number: 1595766
ISBN: 978-1-321-95271-1
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