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Psychopathy from the Perspective of Social and Cognitive Neuroscience

James Blair

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780195342161
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195342161.013.0059

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Psychopathy from the Perspective of Social and Cognitive Neuroscience

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This chapter focuses on psychopathy, paying particular attention to some of the social aspects of the disorder. It first considers the nature of psychopathy and what is understood regarding the pathophysiology of this disorder from a cognitive neuroscience perspective. Following this, it considers whether psychopathy might be caused by social/environmental factors before concluding with a brief description of the implications of findings with patients with psychopathy for social cognitive neuroscience, particularly regarding the development of morality.

Keywords: psychopathy; callous and unemotional traits; amygdala; orbitofrontal cortex; instrumental aggression; reactive aggression; morality

Article.  8039 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience ; Social Psychology

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