fMRI reveals functional differences in the brains of domestic violence offenders

Spanish researchers have discovered differences between the brain functions of domestic violence offenders and those of other criminals, according to results of a study published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

When exposed to a variety of violent images, including intimate partner violence, the offenders showed significantly greater activation in the anterior cingulate cortex, medial prefrontal cortex, and medial prefrontal cortex on fMRI, said lead author Miguel Pérez García, PhD, of the University of Granada in Spain.

“Results of these studies could have important implications to better understanding violence against women, as well as the variables that are related to recidivism in batterers,” he said in a press release.

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