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.
|Advisor:||Pedersen, William C.|
|Commitee:||Schug, Robert A., Thoman, Dustin B.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Neurosciences, Social psychology|
|Keywords:||Asymmetry, Displaced aggression, Electroencephalography, Violent crime|
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