From Science Daily: Researchers from the Mind, Brain, and Behavior Center (CIMCYC) of the University of Granada (Spain) have analyzed the brain of aggressors against intimate partners through Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, making it one of only three studies in the world to study this topic.
The results from this study may have important implications in better understanding violence against women, as well as the variables related to recidivism in batterers.
A pioneering study led by a research group at the University of Granada (Spain) compares, for the first time in the world, the brain functioning of aggressors against their partners or ex-partners to that of other criminals when they are exposed to images related to different types of violence.
This research, whose findings have just been published in the journal of Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, demonstrates the differences in brain functioning of batterers in response to images related to intimate partner violence (IPV). This study is one of the only three studies in the world to analyze the brain of batterers using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
Specifically, the study carried out by UGR has revealed that batterers -in comparison to other criminals- show a greater activation in the anterior cingulate cortex and in the medial prefrontal cortex, and a smaller reaction in the superior prefrontal cortex in response to images of intimate partner violence as compared to neutral images.