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The Psychopath. Emotion and the Brain. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 5186844
  • Book
  • July 2005
  • 216 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Psychopaths continue to be demonised by the media and estimates suggest that a disturbing percentage of the population has psychopathic tendencies. This timely and controversial new book summarises what we already know about psychopathy and antisocial behavior and puts forward a new case for its cause - with far-reaching implications.
  • Presents the scientific facts of psychopathy and antisocial behavior.
  • Addresses key questions, such as: What is psychopathy? Are there psychopaths amongst us? What is wrong with psychopaths? Is psychopathy due to nature or nurture? And can we treat psychopaths?
  • Reveals the authors' ground-breaking research into whether an underlying abnormality in brain development leaves psychopaths with an inability to feel emotion or fear.
  • The resulting theory could lead to early diagnosis and revolutionize the way society, the media and the state both views and contends with the psychopaths in our midst.
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List of Figures and Tables.

Acknowledgments.

1. What is Psychopathy?.

2. The Background Facts.

3. What is the Ultimate Cause of Psychopathy?.

4. The Psychopathic Individual: The Functional Impairment.

5. Cognitive Accounts of Psychopathy.

6. Neural Accounts of Psychopathy.

7. A Neuro-Cognitive Account of Reactive Aggression.

8. A Neuro-Cognitive Account of Psychopathy.

9. Conundrums and Conclusions.

References.

Subject Index.

Author Index.

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James Blair National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda.

Derek Mitchell National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda.

Karina Blair National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda.
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