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Children At Risk For Psychopathy Do Not Register Fear As Quickly As Healthy Children

Psychopaths are charming, but they often get themselves and others in big trouble; their willingness to break social norms and lack of remorse means they are often at risk for crimes and other irresponsible behaviors. One hypothesis on how psychopathy works is that it has to do with a fear deficit. A new study, which […]

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The Psychopathic Personality That Lacks Empathy Resembles A Frontal Brain Injury

People diagnosed as psychopathic have difficulty showing empathy, just like patients who have suffered frontal head injury. This has been shown in a new study from the University of Haifa. “Our findings show that people who have psychopathic symptoms behave as though they are suffering frontal brain damage,” said Dr. Simone Shamay-Tsoory, who conducted the […]

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Economic Status And Genetics Together Influence Psychopathic Traits

Researchers studying the genetic roots of antisocial behavior report that children with one variant of a serotonin transporter gene are more likely to exhibit psychopathic traits if they also grow up poor. The study, the first to identify a specific gene associated with psychopathic tendencies in youth, appears this month in the Journal of Abnormal […]

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Male And Female Domestic Violence Perpetrators Have Similar Personality Types

New research published in the August edition of the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Abnormal Psychology, is providing a better picture of the roles played by gender, personality, and mental illness in domestic violence. “Intimate partner violence is a major public health concern,” says the study’s lead author Zach Walsh, assistant professor of psychology at […]

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