Individuals who show antisocial behaviour persistently may have smaller surface areas in many regions of the brain as compared to the ones who aren't antisocial, says a study that may lead to better interventions for juvenile offenders. This study noted it down that people who steal, lie, bully or indulge in violence may have thinner brain later, the cortex and a smaller surface area in regions that are associated with such behavior as compared to those who don't do any of it.
The researchers say that some people start showing this behaviour early in their childhood which can last up to adulthood while others exhibit these traits in adolescence that desists once they form maturity in their adulthood.
The study lead author Christina Carlisi from UCL said, "Our findings support the idea that, for the small proportion of individuals with life-course-persistent antisocial behaviour, there may be differences in their brain structure that make it difficult for them to develop social skills that prevent them from engaging in antisocial behaviour."
The author even said that these people could very much benefit from more support throughout their lives. She added, "Most people who exhibit antisocial behaviour primarily do so only in adolescence, likely as a result of navigating socially difficult years, and these individuals do not display structural brain differences."
According to her, these people are usually capable of reformation and going back to becoming valuable members of the society.