Phineas Gage

Phineas Gage: Neuroscience’s Most Famous Patient | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine

Phineas Gage: Neuroscience’s Most Famous Patient | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine.

via Phineas Gage: Neuroscience’s Most Famous Patient | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine.

I first learned about Phineas Gage in my high school psychology class and it was my first exposure to a biological explanation for anti-social, even criminal, behavior. I personally think that for at least some, there may be a biological factor involved in making a criminal act easier; however, it people still know the difference between right and wrong and can make that choice. It would need to be treated on a case by case basis, of course, but imagine if we could help decrease the potential for a group of endangered people to commit crimes, such as people that rely heavily on overly processed food, or those living near factories that may put off heavy metals into the environment, or helping to increase Omega 3s for moms-to-be…

What are your thoughts on biological studies in criminology?

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