A Forensic Neuroscience Approach for the Prevention of Crime

Monday, 16 July 2018: 10:30
Oral Presentation
Rajesh Singh YADAV, Dr. Harisingh Gour Central University, India
Human behavior is unpredictable and therefore in some situations, it is not easily acceptable by the society. The reason behind this incident is not clearly understood but the assessment of clinical findings including the role of neurotransmitters, hormones and molecular signaling could be a useful tool to solve the mystery of it. Behavioral genetics and cognitive neuroscience have allowed the scientific investigation of biological basis of a number of cognitive processes which are relevant to deviant behavior. Aggressive, impulsive or deviant behavior by a person is mostly depends on their mental conditions, hormonal imbalance and neurotransmitters alterations. These alterations have also been found to be linked with the exposure of environmental risk factors including injury, toxicants exposure, stress conditions, etc. In the present study, an attempt has been made to assess the behavioral abnormalities through questionnaire and link the changes with alterations in neurotransmitters and hormonal levels in the toxicant (pesticide) exposed population. Blood samples were taken for the study and analyze for the clinical findings. Alterations in the levels of hematological profile, dopamine and serotonin levels were observed in the pesticide exposed population. In recent years, there has been growing interest in the application of genetic and neuroscientific methods for the criminal mind investigations. Forensic neuroscience is an emerging area and it could be a possible tool for the criminal identification through brain activities.