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Brain Talk Show Skit [video] – Amygdala & Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex

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Prefrontal Cortex and the Amygdala

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Want an easy way to remember a little neuroanatomy? Watch ‘NeuroInstincts Live!’ – the favorite talk show of brain regions. We have a couple of brain ‘A listers’ visiting tonight – the Amygdala and Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex.

These brain areas are a significant part of the reason that many individuals with psychopathy demonstrate similar symptoms. Particularly symptoms related to morality, detecting distress in others, learning from experience, and the frequently demonstrated calm/ non-anxious presentation. 

Interestingly, these areas of the brain can be negatively impacted in response to the behavior of someone with psychopathy. For the survivor or victim this potentially means they can become hypersensitive, anxious, hypervigilant, and struggle to self regulate negative emotions.

When the prefrontal cortex and amygdala do not function the way they should (under-responsive), we tend to ‘see’ many of the symptoms that are associated with psychopathy. This is not the entire answer of course, as there is much more associated with this disorder. However, those regions function ‘differently’ within their brain in comparison to ‘normal’ non-psychopathic individuals.

Prefrontal cortex and Amygdala

Our educational video skit

Our video takes a look at the Amygdala and Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex within the survivor’s brain. We show you how those areas work when they are functioning properly – the way they should work.

We mention these brain regions quite frequently here at NeuroInstincts, therefore we wanted you to be familiar with their general roles within the brain. These two regions are suspected to be strongly associated with the behavior patterns demonstrated by many with psychopathy.

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