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Forensic neuropsychologists study congenital brain structure and the chemical imbalances that have a negative impact on social behavior. Some psychologists believe that aggression is a biochemical reaction that stimulates certain neurotransmitters in the brain that innately display predatory aggression in humans.
The relationship between these neurotransmitters and the chemicals that stimulate them is what forensic neuropsychologists focus on in order to understand the genesis of criminal behavior.
Identifying and assessing criminal behaviors are important functions, but treatment planning is an essential aspect in psychological care and the rehabilitation process. Forensic psychologists use what they have learned from individual assessments and apply that knowledge in the form of a treatment plan. Treatment can include medication as well as psychotherapy. Forensic neuropsychologists bring some sort of unity to the life of a dysfunctional personality.
To learn more about forensic neuropsychology, read these fascinating posts on Helping Psychology.com:
In-Depth Applied Neuropsychology
A Guide to Careers in Applied Neuropsychology
How Do I Get a Degree in Criminal Psychology?
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