The Nurture Versus Biosocial Debate in Criminology: On the Origins of Criminal Behavior and Criminality takes a contemporary approach to address the sociological and the biological positions of human behavior by allowing preeminent scholars in criminology to speak to the effects of each on a range of topics. The text aims to facilitate an open and honest debate between the more traditional criminologists who focus primarily on environmental factors and contemporary biosocial criminologists who examine the interplay between biology/genetics and environmental factors.

Low Self-Control Is a Brain-Based Disorder

Low self-control is a brain-based disorder
MattDeLisiIowa State University

The underlying biological basis of constraint is believed to be located in attentional networks in the brain.

—Hampson, 2012, p. 327

The heightened risk-taking and impulsivity observed in adolescence has been partly attributed to the slow development of the brain regions necessary for cognitive control, subsuming response selection, top-down control and inhibitory processes, and including prefrontal cortex (PFC).

—Blakemore & Robbins, 2012, p. 1184


It is difficult to overestimate the importance of self-control for leading a happy, healthy, and productive life. Self-control, which is the basic capacity to regulate one's thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in the face of external demands, is a necessary and essential ingredient to function in society. Although it is a continuously distributed ...

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