External Seminar: Risk Factors for Offending Indicating Innovative Approaches to Treatment

Tuesday 13 March 2018, 4.00PM to 5.00pm

Speaker(s): Professor Anthony Beech - University of Birmingham

Abstract:
The brain is organized and sculpted by a life-time of experiences, these being especially important pre/peri-natally, and in infancy and adolescence.  Therefore, brain development is an extremely long and complex process. Evidence would suggest that early adverse experiences, in an interaction with genetic and biological factors, can adversely affect brain development. The ensuing atypical morphological organization could result in social withdrawal, pathological shyness, explosive and inappropriate emotionality, and an inability to form normal emotional attachments and this sets the scene for later criminality.  Evidence for this is that a number of pre/peri/postnatal risk factors have been identified in offenders.  It is argued in the talk that understanding how these risk factors affect the brain is the first step in being able to ameliorate such risk factors, by the use of appropriate brain-based interventions.

Location: PS/B020