July 7, 2013
Neuroscience Message from Neuroinstincts
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I’ve been a clinical neuropsychologist for nearly a decade and a half and it’s a field that gives me much fulfillment. I’m fortunate to work within a large team of clinical neuroscientists who share both my passion for the brain and my desire to help those in the community who seek our care.
Although we are at a time where much in known about the brain, there is still much to learn. While here at NeuroInstincts I’d like you to keep a few things in mind.
1) Neuroscience is a wonderful field, however oversimplification can lead to erroneous conclusions and give a skewed explanation of complicated, complex matters.
2) When it comes to psychopathy neuroscience is moving us forward rapidly (with respect to understanding this condition and it’s underlying etiology). However, given that this disorder encompasses many facets, there are other variables that hold pieces of the puzzle.
3) Although there have been advances in the fields of psychology and psychiatry, the treatment outlook of psychopathy remains grim.
4) We are not to the point of performing an MRI/fMRI only and subsequently labeling someone a psychopath. Although there are some differences between the brain of someone with psychopathy and a normal brain, sometimes those differences are extremely subtle from a neuroimaging standpoint. Many variables are involved with the diagnosis of this condition.
5) We do no profess to know everything about psychopathy here at NeuroInstincts. However, our clinical experience working with Cluster B Personality disorders (e..g, antisocial/ narcissistic personality disorders) and survivors (some with personality limitations as well), has afforded us a background that we thought would be helpful to victims of abuse of this type.
6) Although neuroscience is often presented as simple by those who take a ‘pop‘ neuroscience approach. I think it’s important to be mindful that we are talking about the brain. A highly complex organ that is significantly shaped by not only genetics, but the environment.
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