Sleep pathology and antisocial behavior

A need for research
  • Nathan A. Michael


The notion that sleep pathology might be related to chronic antisocial behaviour was proposed by Hare in 19701. Since then, it appears that only one relevant study has been conducted, the results of which are indicative of there being no differences in the electroencephalogram (EEG) sleep patterns of psychopathic and nonpychopathic individuals2. However, this study is dated and contains methodological shortcomings (e.g., small sample size and the projective assessment of psychopathy), which make drawing contemporary conclusions less than judicious. The paucity of research in this area is surprising given the evidence to be discussed, which suggests that additional empirical inquiries would be well warranted.


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Antisocial Behaviour Violent Offender Orbital Frontal Cortex Sleep Pathology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nathan A. Michael
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCastetlon Sate CollegeCastletonUSA

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