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Biological Theories of Crime: Overview & Features

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Some studies have shown that in a set of identical twins who are raised separately, if one twin becomes a criminal, the second twin is _____ likely to also become a criminal, as compared to two siblings raised separately that are not twins.

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1. The biological theory of criminology is focused on _____ and _____.

2. Mary's research is focused on looking for a specific gene that might predispose someone to criminal behavior. What kind of researcher is she?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You can assess your knowledge of how genetics might play a role in determining whether a person will or will not become a criminal using this quiz and corresponding worksheet. You'll need to know terms and other facts about this theory in order to pass the quiz.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The term used to describe the study of crime and punishment
  • What the biological theory of criminology is focused on
  • The field of study in which scientists are searching for a 'criminal behavior' gene
  • The field of study in which scientists are looking for an abnormality in the brain that could play a role in the development of criminal behavior
  • The ability to identify shortcomings of the biological theory of criminology

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding the biological theory of criminology
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept that a specific gene could cause one to adopt criminal behavior
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as criminology and neuroscience
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding shortcomings of the biological theory of criminology

Additional Learning

To learn more about this subject, review the accompanying lesson called Biological Theories of Crime: Overview & Features. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define criminology
  • Discuss the biological theory of criminology
  • Detail some studies that have been done in this field
  • Identify an early biological theory that has been discredited
  • Review information about shortcomings of the biological theory of criminology
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