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A Dire Air Pollution Warning | The Scientist Magazine®

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Contaminants in the air are officially carcinogens, according to the World Health Organization.

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One In 100 Children Is A Psychopath, Experts Believes

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A new way to look at Junior.(“@BI_contributors: Only One In 100 Children Are Psychopaths, Experts Believes http://t.co/32QNGdij”...)...

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Neuroscientists Explain Why Psychopaths Lack Empathy

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When psychopaths think about other people’s suffering, areas in their brain necessary for empathy and concern fail to activate and connect to other regions, such as those involved in affective processing and decision-making. Instead, they showed increase activation in the ventral striatum – the area known to be involved in feelings of pleasure.

 

A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience involved the fMRI scans of 40 individuals who suffer from low, medium or high psycopathy – a personality disorder characterised by lack of empathy and remorse, manipulation, glibness and callousness. This mental illness is more common than people realise. Research carried out in England in 2010 suggests that there is one psychopath in every 2,000 people.

 

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Psychopaths and Callous Children Show Dysfunctional Brain Responses to People In Pain

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Children who cruelly disregard other people’s pain and psychopathic criminal offenders show dysfunction in similar brain regions— but new research finds that the changes may lead in opposite directions.

 

Two new studies add to conflicting literature that sometimes shows reduced activation in some nodes of a brain network involved in emotion and at other times enhanced activity. What the researchers can agree on is that the same critical circuits go awry when people who are exceptionally callous and brutal witness the pain of others...

 

“It is clearly an important study for advancing our understanding of empathy difficulties in adults with psychopathy,” says Essi Viding, professor of developmental psychopathology at University College London and lead author of the second study. 

by Maia Szalavitz


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