Cognitive Factors Underlying Robbery

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Cognitive Factors Underlying Robbery

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Cognitive Factors Underlying Robbery
Cognition entails someone's ability to learn, memorize, understand and interpret the
information they receive. To understand why people indulge in crime, more so, robberies, we
must focus on the mental processes of these individuals. The first cognitive factor is the
moral development branch which focuses on how people morally interpret the world. Moral
development goes through stages from when someone is born to adulthood, and criminals
often lack moral judgment development. This can easily be seen with robberies. When one is
younger, they are likely to be petty thieves, but they easily drop such habits as they mature. If
one does not go through this moral development, the culture of theft remains with them into
adulthood (Ontario, 2021).
Another factor entails information processing and talks about how people process the
environment. Normal people are likely to make rational decisions even when faced with
tough or challenging situations. On the other hand, people who have been exposed to crime,
long-lasting rejection by parents or society may have flawed reasoning. This could explain
them resulting in crime such as robberies any time that they lack. Rejection can also damage
their self-esteem in that they cannot confidently acquire anything for themselves and
therefore result in stealing (Walden University, 2021).
Drugs and Robberies
According to Science Daily (2021), many chronic drug users indulge in criminal
activities to support their dependence on drugs. Robbery is the only way to get the cash and
resources required to purchase expensive and illicit drugs. Therefore, drug abuse could cause
an increase in robbery incidents.A well-organized offender who undertakes robbery as part of
a team has quite a different cognitive process. This person is faced with the choice of either
winning or losing both during the moment and the future. The gains made from stealing are
associated with a degree of risk and uncertainty. However, they are willing to make the risky
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