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Neuroscience & Psychopathy
Neuroscience & psychopathy

Neuroscience and Psychopathy

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Psychopathy is complex, with many contributing variables.

It is suspected that the pathology of psychopathy is correlated with several regions and/or systems of the brain.

Neuroscience has not advanced to the point of discerning psychopathy based on brain regions or neuroimaging alone.

For some with psychopathy it is genetics that lay the foundation of primary psychopathy symptoms. Many studies support that psychopaths tend to have dysfunctional reward, morality, bonding, and affective/emotional processing systems. Regions such as the amygdala, insula, ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC), anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), and mesolimbic dopaminergic pathways are implicated.

There are several variables at play with respect to psychopathy. They include genetics, environmental stressors/ deprivation, parenting, exposure to abuse, and brain dysfunction.

Neurocience is still evolving and leading us in the direction of understanding this condition. It is wonderful that we are unraveling a condition that has such a profound impact on our society and safety. Hats off to these researchers!

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