Criminal Behavior : The Biological, Sociological, And Psychological Theories Of Crime

798 Words Oct 6th, 2015 4 Pages
Criminal behavior has been observed, evaluated and researched for many years. Some analysts have come up with theories to provide insight into why and how people are influenced to commit crimes. Some of those theories include the biological, sociological, and psychological theories of crime. These theories bring an explanation on why humans may commit criminal activity, and what specific influences have an effect on them. To understand what these theories are, and how humans are affected by them I will evaluate each of the theories.
Biological theories focus on the physical body, for example they can include inherited genes, evolutionary factors, brain structures, or the role of hormones that influence behavior (Ministry of Justice, 2009). Some theorists have argued that criminal behavior is an inherited trait, and can be passed down from generation to generation. Understanding that certain biological factors including genes, neurological deficits, malnutrition, low serotonin activity, and environmental pollutants have a direct affect on a person’s biological desire to be involved in criminal or antisocial behaviors (Ministry of Justice, 2009). Theorists have recognized that there is a challenge for biological theories of crime and their ability to adequately represent the relation between inherited characteristics and the environment (Ministry of Justice, 2009). Charles Darwin spent a tremendous amount of time studying people and even conducted research on cadavers…

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