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Do individuals become criminals as a result of heredity or genetics or is it their environment that is in fact at play This question has left Criminologists in debate for the better part of our modern era In order to help answer this question we must first take a closer look at the concept of Nature vs Nurture a popular psychological term initially created by Darwin and other positivists Nature vs Nurture refers to internal and external factors that play a role in behaviour in this case in reference to criminals Nature is paired up with the biological explanation known as internal factors Supporters of the biological perspective argue that we must identify the role of heredity and the importance of biophysical as well as biosocial factors in the environment Nurture on the other hand is always paired up with the psychological and environmental explanation known as external factors Supporters of psychological or environmental perspective argue that we are influenced less by heredity than by social external influence Winterdyk 2006117-118 For the purpose of this essay each perspective will be written about individually to obtain a more objective view Nature - Biological Perspective A study on the prevalence of mental health problems among male federal inmates revealed that a significant number of the offenders surveyed met the criteria for anti-social personality disorders Motiuk Porporino 1992 Comparing 41 murderers to 41 matched control patients Raine Buschshaum and La Casse 1997 found that murderers had significantly lower levels of glucose uptake in the prefrontal cortex of the brain In summarizing the observations of several keynote speakers at the June 1995 conference called Violence as a Public Health Issue held in Midland Ontario Carter noted that young people are more violent than ever before and that there appeared to be some organic biological linkages Carter 199528-29 Winterdyk 2006118 The above are three brilliant examples of how biology plays a key role in the
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