Biological, Sociological, And Psychological Theories Of Crime

773 Words Sep 22nd, 2015 4 Pages
Learning about the various biological, sociological, and psychological theories of criminality gave me an understanding of what leads individual’s to commit a crime. Theories of the causes of crime is a growing body of evidence about the factors that place people at risk of criminal offending. Biological, sociological, and psychological theories focus on anatomical, physiological or genetic abnormalities and their contributions to crime. “Biological theories about causes of crime focus on the idea that the physical body, though inherited genes, evolutionary factors, brain structures, or the role of hormones, has an influence in an individual’s involvement un criminal behavior” (Causes of Crime, 2009). Biological theory of criminology explore two major areas, which are genetics and neuroscience.
The first major area that biological theory explores is the genetics. “The mapping of human DNA are looking for that one gene that could cause criminal activity” (Boyd, 2003). For example, identical twins that are raised separately are more common to both be criminals than non-identical twins raised separately. The reason is because the identical twins share mostly all genes, and non-identical twins share some genes but not all. The second major are that biological theory explores is neuroscience. For example, criminal’s brain have less fear of consequences than non-criminals brain. The study of the brain is based on the differences between criminal’s brains versus non-criminal’s…

Related Documents