Research has found that young offenders have an increased rate of traumatic brain injury and that injury can lead to more convictions and greater violence.

Traumatic brain injury in young offenders

Research by Williams, Cordan, Mewse, Tonks and Burgess (2010) found that young offenders have an increased rate of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and that TBI is associated with more convictions with greater violence. 

This research has appeared on the BBC news website, on a BBC Radio 4 programme called All in the Mind and in Time Magazine.

These findings have also been mentioned by organisations with an interest in brain injury, including Headway and The United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF).

ESRC Seminar series on developmental social neuroscience, ethics and the law

The departments of Law and Psychology at the University of Exeter have collaborated to host a seminar series, bringing together lawyers, clinicians and neuroscientists to tackle issues surrounding brain development and criminal responsibility, and the effects and consequences of childhood brain injury.