- Mar 2023
The criminologists have been accustomed to give more attention to the physical than to the mental correlates of crime. Thus, Lombroso and his followers subjected thousands of criminals to observation and measurement with regard to such physical traits as size and shape of the skull, bilateral asymmetries, anomalies of the ear, eye, nose, palate, teeth, hands, fingers, hair, dermal sensitivity, etc. The search was for physical "stigmata" characteristic of the "criminal type."
I think this is very interesting because it revolves around physical attributes instead of intelligence. This is important to the history of psychology because Lombroso was focused on physical attributes instead of intelligence. Lombroso would measure physical traits and then determine if they fit the characteristics of being the "criminal type". This is still used to this day which is called stereotypes. Stereotypes are oversimplified image or idea of a particular person or thing. A perfect example of a stereotype is girls are more docile and want to please others. Not every girl wants to please other or be docile.