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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2019, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (10): 1726-1742.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2019.01726

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The neurobiological evidence of antisocial personality disorder and its judicial implications

LIU Yuping, ZHAO Hui, LI Shanshan, ZHANG Zhuo, YANG Bo()   

  1. School of Sociology, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing 100088, China
  • Received:2018-12-12 Online:2019-10-15 Published:2019-08-19
  • Contact: Bo YANG


Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD) is a personality disorder with pervasive disregard for and violation of the rights of others accompanied with high crime propensity. The formation of ASPD is affected by genetic and environmental factors, manifested in abnormalities in neurotransmitter and hormonal system, autonomic nervous system and brain structure and function. To a certain degree, these neurobiological characteristics may cause ASPD to exhibit poor inhibitory control, emotional dysfunction, disregard of punishment and reward dominance. Neurobiological evidence provides judicial implications, such as treatment, risk assessment, conviction and sentencing of ASPD offenders. More research is needed on the diagnostic classification criteria, evidence based practice and influencing factors of ASPD from the perspective of neurobiology.

Key words: antisocial personality disorder, neurobiology, judicial implications, crime

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