Navigation Links
Psychopaths May Lack Capacity for Empathy
Date:4/26/2013

FRIDAY, April 26 (HealthDay News) -- Psychopaths lack the brain "wiring" needed to have concern for other people, a new study suggests.

The findings are thought to be the first of their kind and could possibly lead to the development of better treatment methods for people with this personality disorder. Psychopathy includes traits such as callousness, manipulation, sensation-seeking and antisocial behaviors.

Psychopathy affects 20 percent to 30 percent of men and women in U.S. prisons, compared with about 1 percent of the general population. Psychopaths are responsible for a disproportionate amount of repeat crime and violence.

The study included 80 prisoners, aged 18 to 50, in a U.S. correctional facility who were assessed for levels of psychopathy. The researchers then used functional MRI to monitor the prisoners' brain activity in response to depictions of people being intentionally hurt and facial expression showing pain.

Prisoners who had high levels of psychopathy had lower-than-normal activation in areas of the brain including the amygdala, which plays an important role in feeling concern for and valuing the well-being of other people, according to the study, which was published online April 24 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

"A marked lack of empathy is a hallmark characteristic of individuals with psychopathy," study lead author Jean Decety, a professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Chicago, said in a university news release.

Decety is an expert on the biological basis of empathy.

"This is the first time that neural processes associated with empathic processing have been directly examined in individuals with psychopathy, especially in response to the perception of other people in pain or distress," he said.

More information

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has more about empathy.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Chicago, news release, April 24, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Kettlebell World Champ Lorna Kleidman Praises Findings That Kettlebell Exercises Increase Aerobic Capacity
2. Asia-Pacific Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Market to 2018 - Positive Impact of Government Support Offset by Limited Production Capacity : MarketResearchReports.biz
3. Zenith American Solutions Expands IVR Capacity to Allow 24/7 Access for Providers
4. Daimer Debuts Carpet Cleaners For Car Dealerships Seeking Interior Auto Detailing Steam Cleaner Machines Featuring Higher Power and A Larger Water Capacity
5. Bend Research increases hot-melt extrusion capacity
6. Alcoholism Linked to Poor Sense of Empathy, Irony in Men
7. Physicians empathy directly associated with positive clinical outcomes, confirms large study
8. Brief training program improves resident physicians empathy with patients
9. Politics May Get in the Way of Empathy, Research Shows
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Psychopaths May Lack Capacity for Empathy
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... , ... The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset Hills is proud to ... unique items from across the nation, this holiday-themed event will raise funds and awareness ... VNA. The boutique will be open Saturday, November 4 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Coveros, a ... has been awarded a contract by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services ... accelerate the enterprise use of Agile methodologies in a consistent and high value ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest ... to open a flagship location in Covington, LA at 401 N. U.S. Highway 190, ... next to Office Depot in the Holiday Square shopping center. Its location allows it ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 12, 2017 , ... Information about the technology: , Otomagnetics ... enable prevention of a major side effect of chemotherapy in children. Cisplatin and ... For cisplatin, hearing loss is FDA listed on-label as a dose limiting toxicity. ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Women-owned and Grand Rapids-based ... and Brightest in Wellness® by Best and Brightest. OnSite Wellness will be honored ... 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henry Autograph Collection Hotel, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/19/2017)... 2017   ZirMed Inc ., a recognized leader in ... it has been ranked #1 by its users for the ... 2017 User Survey. ZirMed was recognized as the top-ranked end-to-end ... medical centers over 200 beds and holds one of the ... survey history. ...
(Date:9/18/2017)... Sept. 18, 2017 EpiVax, Inc. ... bioinformatics and immune engineering, today announced a ... A (H7N9) vaccine. ... seasonal influenza and presents a challenge for ... exposure to be effective. Using state-of-the-art bioinformatics and ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... 12, 2017   EcoVadis , the leading platform for environmental, social ... annual edition of its Global CSR Risk and Performance Index. The report ... based on Scorecard Ratings that analyzed nearly 800,000 data points across the ... ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: