Will he aggress again? study on the cognitive predictors of aggressive behavior

Suzanne Brugman

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisInternal


In forensic psychiatry, it is important to carefully assess the recidivism risk of patients going on leave or being released. This is complicated work, because the wrong assessment can have serious consequences for society. In this research we looked for cognitive predictors of aggressive behaviour that could be assessed in a reliable way using computer tasks. We found that measuring cognitive processes (e.g. attention, emotion recognition, interpretation) helps predict aggressive behaviour. In the future these cognitive tasks can possibly be used to support current risk assessment in forensic psychiatry.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Arntz, Arnoud, Supervisor
  • Sack, Alexander, Supervisor
  • Lobbestael, Jill, Co-Supervisor
Award date6 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • aggressive behavior
  • forensic psychiatry
  • recidivism risk
  • cognitive predictors

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