The Psychopath: Emotion and the Brainby Published 01 Jun 2005
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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.
The Psychopath: Emotion and the Brain Reviews
Far more clinical than I anticipated, but extremely insightful and thorough presentation of psychopathy. Not recommended as a fun read, probably more geared towards psych students and professionals.
pretty dry and not an easy read— it takes a lot of re-reading pages in order to understand concepts (unless you have extensive knowledge of the brain). but the authors talk in depth about the functional impairment of the brain, neural accounts, genetic basis theories, emotional learning, and neuro imaging in psychopathic individuals. unless you have a high interest in neurology, i wouldn’t read it... but super informative for someone who is interested.
This book was flat out awesome.
Ok, so... it's awesome for the sort of person who is oddly fascinated by cognition, neurology, and psychopathy, with a pretty substantial understanding of the latter. Probably dense, dry, and incomprehensible for anyone else.
But _I_ loved it.
I've been studying antisocial personality disorder, sociopathy, and psychopathy for the past five years or so. Having gotten past what wikipedia could teach me, I started exploring books on the topic. I have been disappointed by the sensationalist tone and lack of substantive content in the books I've read until now.
This book gives a comprehensive overview of what is know about psychopaths, and how that differs from the DSM IV classifications of CD (combative disorder) and ASPD (antisocial personality disorder). Some of the fun treats in this book include: studies on attention, anxiety, cognition, the ability to make reward-punishment associations, response to emotional stimulus, the startle reflex, and indications in brain scan images for many of these studies.
Plus the book frequently uses phrases like, "Given this, the prediction would be that ... The data supports this prediction." Or "In the following chapter, I will briefly summarize the data." Section titles include titillating titles like, "The response set modulation hypothesis." Oh yeah, talk dirty to me.