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Cognitive Tests May Predict Aggressive Behavior in Forensic Patients

Cognitive tests may be able to help predict forensic psychiatric patients who are most prone to aggressive behaviors, according to a study published online in Psychiatry Research. Integrating such tests with instruments currently used to assess a patient’s risk of aggression could one day help to improve the ability of psychiatrists to predict these risks.Past studies have linked aggressive behaviors in people to biases and distortions in attention, automatic association, emotion recognition, and response inhibition (the ability to refrain from socially inappropriate responses). A group of researchers in the Netherlands...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Thursday, 21 January, 2016

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