A new study has proposed correlation between psychopathy and structural abnormalities in brain. It has been stated that psychopaths’ brain has specific structural alterations in the brain, due to which it can be termed as abnormal.
The research led by a team of researchers at King's College London is subjected to be the first ever research, which has been able to provide evidences which proves linkage between psychopathy and brain abnormalities.
The researchers asserted that psychopathy is a kind of neuro-developmental disorder and a type of anti-social personality disorder (ASPD).
It has been characterized that majority of violent crime are committed by males suffering from ASPD. Further, it has been demonstrated that 50% of male prisoners in England and Wales are living with ASPD. However, majority of them are not psychopaths. Most of them show aggression towards threat or frustration, nevertheless, they are impulsive.
On the other hand, 33% of such men are diagnosed with conditions prevailing in true psychopaths. They are least compassionate and feel guilty about their acts; rather, they use their aggressive nature to secure what they wish to.
Dr. Nigel Blackwood, the lead author of the study, said, “Using MRI scans we found that psychopaths had structural brain abnormalities in key areas of their social brains compared to those who just had ASPD”.