The Causal Link between Functional Disorder of the Orbitofrontal Cortex, Disorder of Moral Reasoning and Aggressive Sexual Behavior


  • Gabriel TÄ‚NÄ‚SESCU University of Craiova, Romania


aggressive sexual behavior, brain imaging, orbitofrontal cortex dysfunction, criminal responsibility, pedophilia


This article describes the causal link between aggressive sexual behavior, including pedophile behavior, moral reasoning disorder and orbitofrontal cortex dysfunction (sometimes a tumor located in this area). The criminological analysis is also justified by the studies published by Charles Choi (2002) in New Scientist where the case of a 40-year-old man whose brain tumor suffered from sudden pedophilia and an uncontrollable obsession for sex, as well as the studies published by Giuseppe Sartori (2016) and collaborators explaining the functional disorder of the orbitofrontal cortex, a brain region responsible for behavioral inhibitions, emotional comprehension, and moral responsibility. From the legal point of view, the criminal responsibility is analyzed in the situation where the discernment is affected by the physiological determinism. In this sense, brain imaging plays an important role.