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Study: Psychopaths have less grey matter for understanding emotions

Researchers based at the King’s College of London Institute of Psychiatry used MRIs to scan the brains of 44 violent adult male criminals who had already been diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder. Of the total, 17 also were diagnosed as psychopathic. The study found that the psychopaths’ brains had signifcantly less grey matter in the part of the brain that understands other people’s emotions and intentions.

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  1. breckgirl says:

    Yes Oxy – that is the thing that is chilling. It points to the problem in our society as a whole. People are too willing to look to someone else to be responsible for their decisions and so as much as we like to think of ourselves as autonomous too often we follow direction and go along to get along and don’t want to rock the boat and pay attention to the moral implications of what we are asked to do.

    I have to remind myself to be ever more vigilant now. Again the Fishhead Movie really nailed it for me. It is up to all of us to name it and shame it rather than look the other way.



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  2. spoon says:

    Ox Drover
    That is one of societies big problems

    Stanley Milgram Experiment (1961)
    Controversy surrounded Stanley Milgram for much of his professional life as a result of a series of experiments on obedience to authority which he conducted at Yale University in 1961-1962. He found, surprisingly, that 65% of his subjects, ordinary residents of New Haven, were willing to give apparently harmful electric shocks-up to 450 volts-to a pitifully protesting victim, simply because a scientific authority commanded them to, and in spite of the fact that the victim did not do anything to deserve such punishment. The victim was, in reality, a good actor who did not actually receive shocks, and this fact was revealed to the subjects at the end of the experiment. But, during the experiment itself, the experience was a powerfully real and gripping one for most participants.

    breckgirl

    Love the way you put it. Thanks



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  3. spoon says:

    There was another one called the The Wave also called The Third Wave.

    http://www.thewave.tk/

    In 1967, at the Cubberley High School in Palo Alto, California, World History teacher Ron Jones was asked about the Holocaust by a student. “Could it happen here?”. According to the press release accompanying the latest retelling of the events that followed, “Jones came up with an unusual answer. He decided to have a two week experiment in dictatorship. His idea was to explain fascism to his class through a game, nothing more. He never intended what resulted, where his class would be turned into a Fascist environment. Where students gave up their freedom for the prospect of being superior to their neighbors…………

    They did make a movie of this one.



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