psychopathy

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… Read more

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… Read more

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… Read more

Psychopaths are able to display emotions they don’t feel, so much so that those around them are convinced that those emotions are real, new research from Brock University psychologist Angela Book shows. “The eyes of a psychopath will deceive you, they will destroy you. They will take from you, your innocence, your pride and eventually… Read more

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… Read more