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PMID:  25116710     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Psychosocial and biological factors have been implicated in paedophilia, such as alterations in brain structure and function. The purpose of this paper is to review the expanding body of literature on this topic including brain abnormality case reports, as well as structural and functional neuroimaging studies. Case studies of men who have committed sexual offences against children implicate frontal and temporal abnormalities that may be associated with impaired impulse inhibition. Structural neuroimaging investigations show volume reductions in paedophilic men. Although the findings have been heterogeneous, smaller amygdala volume has been replicated repeatedly. Functional neuroimaging investigations demonstrate an overlap between paedophiles and teleiophiles during sexual arousal processing. While it is controversial among studies regarding group differences, reliable discrimination between paedophilic and teleiophilic men may be achieved using functional activation patterns. Nevertheless, the heterogeneous findings published so far suggest further research is necessary to disentangle the neurobiological mechanisms of paedophilic preference. A number of methodological confounds have been identified, which may account for the inconsistent results that could prove to be beneficial for future investigations.
Sebastian Mohnke; Sabine Müller; Till Amelung; Tillmann H C Krüger; Jorge Ponseti; Boris Schiffer; Martin Walter; Klaus M Beier; Henrik Walter
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Type:  REVIEW     Date:  2014-8-9
Journal Detail:
Title:  Progress in neurobiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-5118     ISO Abbreviation:  Prog. Neurobiol.     Publication Date:  2014 Aug 
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Created Date:  2014-8-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0370121     Medline TA:  Prog Neurobiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
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