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Would You Stand Up To An Oppressive Regime Or Would You Conform? Here’s The Science

Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, described the horror of the authoritarian regime of Gilead. In this theocracy, self-preservation was the best people could hope for, being powerless to kick against the system. But her sequel, The Testaments, raises the possibility that individuals, with suitable luck, bravery and cleverness, can fight back. But can they? […]

Cortico-striatal Regulation Of Striatal Activation Is Disrupted In Psychopathy

Psychopath’s brains are wired in a way that leads them to over-value immediate rewards and neglect the future consequences of potentially dangerous or immoral actions, a new study reports. The study relies on brain scans of nearly 50 prison inmates to help explain why psychopaths make poor decisions that often lead to violence or other […]

Psychopaths Experience Fear But Have Faulty Threat Detection

Psychopathic individuals can feel fear, but have trouble in the automatic detection of and responsivity to threat, researchers from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Radboud University Nijmegen have found. For many decades, fear has been put forth as a hallmark feature of psychopathy, the impairments in which would lead to bold risk-taking behavior. Sylco Hoppenbrouwers (VU […]

Psychopaths’ Brains Wired To Seek Rewards At Any Cost

The brains of psychopaths seem to be wired to continually seek a reward at any cost, new Vanderbilt University research finds. The research uncovers the role of the brain’s reward system in psychopathy and opens a new area of study for understanding what drives these individuals. Dr. Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes […]