posted on Feb, 9 2012 @ 07:30 PM
The brains of psychopaths have been proven to be structured differently than those with a conscience according to brain scans, also when hooked up to
monitoring equipment which measures physiological changes such as blood pressure ...etc and asked to watch various images on a screen, there were no
changes physiologically when shown say film footage of real human atrocities versus film footage of fields of flowers. The word 'cancer' displayed
did not affect them anymore than the word 'peace'. These results were not the case with non-psychopaths. It does make you think how de-sensitized we
are becoming though with so many images blasted at us.
The thing is some people are born without a conscience, their brains are literally wired differently. They do not all go on to commit murder, most
don't, but if they are also raised in an abusive household then the likelyhood of them committing violence goes way up. Non-violent psychopaths also
create mayhem, many just learn how to cover it up by mimicking the emotions of people who actually have emotions.
There does seem to be a genetic connection, those with a psychopathic parent are more likely to be a psychpath themselves, but this is not always the
case. Sometimes these children do grow up with genuinely loving and caring parents who are at a complete loss as to why their child does not show any
signs of having a conscience They go to enormous lengths to try to get help and find that the blame is placed on them as parents.
Last I heard, there is a law in Canada that disallows anyone under the age of 18 yrs to be diagnosed as a psychopath because they don't want to place
a 'negative label' on a 'child'. I think, though caution is necessary, this is a mistake. How can they recognize a problem if they won't even
acknowledge it exists. Many people don't want to accept that some people, even as children, are untreatable.
The question is, what to do with them. Especially if they are young. IF this girl is a psychopath, she will never change, medication definately has to
be ruled out as it could have been a contributing factor. I don't think prison is the answer for her though. I also don't think psychopaths should
be put in general population with non-psychopaths in the prison system. Non-psychopathic criminals may be messed up and have committed crimes but they
are redeemable and should not be subjected to what the conscienceless ones are gonna do to them in prison. I think psychopaths should be separated
from the rest of the prison population and put in institutions specifically tailored to them and in the case of violent offences they should never be
Scans Reveal Differences in Psychopathic Brains
Findings could explain their anti-social tendencies, researchers say
November 29, 2011 RSS Feed Print
TUESDAY, Nov. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Differences seen in the structure and function of psychopaths' brains could help explain their often callous and
impulsive anti-social behavior, U.S. researchers report.
They compared brain scans of 20 prisoners diagnosed as psychopaths and 20 prisoners who weren't psychopaths.
The scans revealed that psychopaths have fewer connections between the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, which is involved in feelings such as empathy
and guilt, and the amygdala, which mediates fear and anxiety.
"This is the first study to show both structural and functional differences in the brains of people diagnosed with psychopathy," Michael Koenigs, an
assistant professor of psychiatry in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, said in a university news release. "Those two
structures in the brain, which are believed to regulate emotion and social behavior, seem to not be communicating as they should."
The study was led by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers and published recently in the Journal of Neuroscience.
"The combination of structural and functional abnormalities provides compelling evidence that the dysfunction observed in this crucial
social-emotional circuitry is a stable characteristic of our psychopathic offenders," Joseph Newman, a psychology professor at UW-Madison, said. "I
am optimistic that our ongoing collaborative work will shed more light on the source of this dysfunction and strategies for treating the problem."