Relationship between Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Behavior


When scientists discovered the brain damage in Aaron Hernandez, they were all surprised. Aaron Hernandez is the former New England Patriots tight end who was sentenced to serve a jail sentence for murder. However, he didn’t serve that sentence as he committed suicide this year on 27th April. Going by the autopsy, scientists were able to discover that he had extensive brain damage. The damage was similar to the one that was discovered to former older players who are probably in their 60s. The discovery awakens the debate about chronic traumatic encephalopathy and violence. Through this debate, scientists want to determine whether damages to your head such as head trauma can lead to other scenarios such as suicide and murder. This seems like a natural presumption going by the fate of former football players such as Dave Duerson and Junior Seau. These are people who were diagnosed with CTE from their post-mortems. With the recent discoveries, US courts will have to wrestle with this question for a while. There is a lawsuit that has already been filed by Mr. Hernandez fiancée and daughter against the National Football League. The plaintiffs argue that their loved one suffered due to his direct participation in the sport. However, the NFL has vowed that it will defend itself in whatever legal means against these accusations.

On the other hand, the science trying to link behavior to brain biology is even murkier. The recent attempts to discover anatomy, neural circuit, and brain cells have been remarkable. However, linking this to what people do is quite complicated. This is because there are other factors that come to play such as personality, relationships, and circumstance. Scientists from various fields such as substance use, neurology, and psychiatry all agree that they seem to be heading in the right direction in regards to this issue. Research has shown that the state of the brain can be crucial in determining whether a person acts violently. This is despite the fact that the evidence produced so far is insufficient. The NFL has a neurology program that is led by Dr. Samuel Gandy. The program has its headquarters at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. The study recently said that 10 of 24 former NFL players had CTE. However, they refused to acknowledge that irritability and rage can be associated with the condition. However, the same behavior has been reported by Boston University Scientists who identified the condition in Mr. Hernandez.


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