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Psychopathy is complex, with many contributing variables.
The underlying pathology of psychopathy is correlated with several regions and 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 symptoms (i.e., primary psychopathy). 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.
Learn more in this video clip.
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