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Submission + - Psychopaths have brain structure abnormality (examiner.com) 4

mmmscience 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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Psychopaths have brain structure abnormality

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

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

    • 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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