Aberrant neural processing of moral violations in criminal psychopaths.

  title={Aberrant neural processing of moral violations in criminal psychopaths.},
  author={Carla L. Harenski and Keith Harenski and Matthew S. Shane and Kent A. Kiehl},
  journal={Journal of abnormal psychology},
  volume={119 4},
A defining characteristic of psychopathy is the willingness to intentionally commit moral transgressions against others without guilt or remorse. Despite this "moral insensitivity," the behavioral and neural correlates of moral decision-making in psychopathy have not been well studied. To address this issue, the authors used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to record hemodynamic activity in 72 incarcerated male adults, stratified into psychopathic (n = 16) and nonpsychopathic (n… CONTINUE READING


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