The Psychopath: Emotion and the Brain

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Psychopaths continue to be demonised by the media and estimatessuggest that a disturbing percentage of the population haspsychopathic tendencies. This timely and controversial new booksummarises what we already know about psychopathy and antisocialbehavior and puts forward a new case for its cause - withfar-reaching implications.

  • Presents the scientific facts of psychopathy and antisocialbehavior.
  • Addresses key questions, such as: What is psychopathy? Arethere psychopaths amongst us? What is wrong with psychopaths? Ispsychopathy due to nature or nurture? And can we treatpsychopaths?
  • Reveals the authors' ground-breaking research into whether anunderlying abnormality in brain development leaves psychopaths withan inability to feel emotion or fear.
  • The resulting theory could lead to early diagnosis andrevolutionize the way society, the media and the state both viewsand contends with the psychopaths in our midst.

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Psychopathy is a disorder embedded in mystique, controversy and fantasy. Consistently portrayed in the media and popular culture as unusual, inhumane and emotionless creatures, individuals with psychopathy are the bogeymen of today's society, and the label psychopathy is used widely to describe a broad range of notorieties from political figures to serial killers. This timely new book separates fact from fiction. It presents the scientific facts of psychopathy and antisocial behavior, addressing critical issues such as the definition of psychopathy, the number of psychopathic individuals in society, whether they can be treated, and whether psychopathy is down to nature or nurture. More controversially, the authors present their ground-breaking research into whether an underlying abnormality in brain development, reducing emotional learning, is at the heart of the disorder. The resulting theory could lead to early diagnosis and revolutionize the way society, the media, and the state both view and contend with the psychopaths in our midst.

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James Blair is Chief of the Unit on Affective CognitiveNeuroscience in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program of theNational Institute of Mental Health Intramural ResearchProgram.

Derek Mitchell and Karina Blair bothwork on the Unit on Affective Cognitive Neuroscience in the Moodand Anxiety Disorders Program of the National Institute of MentalHealth Intramural Research Program.

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