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Psychopaths have brain structure abnormality

mmmscience (1450939) writes | more than 5 years ago

Medicine 4

mmmscience (1450939) writes "http://www.examiner.com/x-1242-Science-News-Examiner~y2009m8d4-Psychopaths-have-brain-structure-abnormality A group of scientists have identified a structure in the brain of psychopaths that is abnormal when compared to controls. The change is found in the uncinate fasciculus, a bridge of white matter that connects the amygdale (emotion/aggression brain region) and the orbitofrontal cortex (decision making region). Interestingly, the greater the abnormality in the region, the more severe the levels of sociopathy in a subject. A researcher on the team suggests the finding could have considerable implications in the world of criminal justice, where such scans could presumably be presented as evidence in a trial."
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Imagine the impications in politics ... (1)

hherb (229558) | more than 5 years ago | (#28948229)

guess if they'd scanned politicians the Iraq war never would have happened.

Re:Imagine the impications in politics ... (1)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 5 years ago | (#28948271)

If they scanned all of the politicians there would be none of them left to run jack diddly squat.

Pre-Crime Screening... (1)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 5 years ago | (#28948299)

So when are they going to start scanning young children for this and sending the psychopathic children to "Special Schools"?

Re:Pre-Crime Screening... (1)

mmmscience (1450939) | more than 5 years ago | (#28948717)

So when are they going to start scanning young children for this and sending the psychopathic children to "Special Schools"?

I think an interesting follow-up question would be one of age. A university does a long-term study that tracks a group of people to see at what age such brain abnormalities spark would be a truly interesting experiment. Are some born with psychopathic tendencies or does the problem develop over time?

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