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A Touch of Neuroscience – Psychopathy


A Touch of Neuroscience

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Psychopathy is a complex disorder from a neurobiological and psychological standpoint. Neuroscience is a field that’s leading the way in investigating the brain profiles within psychopathy.

What’s wrong and/or what’s different within the brain of someone with strong psychopathic traits is extremely important to researchers and clinicians. Naturally, the more we learn about the condition, the closer we come to improving treatment interventions. This could help us all in society.

Neuroscience studies are exploring the neurological correlates of psychopathic behavior & personality traits. We know they have weaknesses or differences in certain key regions of the brain related to social and bonding functions. There is not a one size fits all with regard to the neuroscience behind psychopathy. There are some with this condition who would fall under the category of “successful psychopaths” who demonstrate milder or less pathology than those who are “unsuccessful” or criminal psychopaths (Koenigs, 2012). This condition is on a range or spectrum and so are the underlying neurobiological differences.

Our video clip takes list a few of the areas that neuroscience indicates are problematic and potentially underlie some of the symptoms of psychopathy. Given this information, one can easily see why psychopathy tends to be resistant to change. Those with psychopathy cannot simply ‘change’ based on a promise. The symptoms of this condition are far too serious.

Sadly, promises cannot change neurobiology.

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