Faulty Brain Connections Found Within the Brains of Psychopaths
Researchers in London, after studying inmates identified as psychopaths, who have committed murder, manslaughter, multiple rape, strangulation and false imprisonment, have found what they are referring to as 'potholes' in the brains of psychopaths.
It is believed these 'potholes' prevent linking, causing faulty connections, between two parts of the brain.
Using imaging technology, the study viewed the parts of the brain known as the amygdala, which processes emotions, and the orbitofrontal cortex, responsible for handling impulses and decisions. These parts of the brain were found to be "structurally and functionally different" in the brains of psychopaths.
According to MayoClinic.com, those termed psychopaths would suffer from psychopathy, a form of antisocial personality disorder.
However, some researchers believe psychopathic disorder and antisocial personality disorder to be two distinctly different conditions.
Signs and symptoms said to be associated with antisocial behavorial disorder listed at MayoClinic.com are:
Researchers caution against any suggestion that this small study may lead to potential screening techniques for spotting potential "psychopathic criminals" before they strike, as the how, when and why questions that relate to psychopathic behavior had not been determined during the study.
The study involved examining the brains of nine known psychopaths, comparing their brains' pathways to nine non-psychopaths.
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