Individuals with sociopathic behavior caused by frontal damage fail to respond autonomically to social stimuli.

@article{Damasio1990IndividualsWS,
  title={Individuals with sociopathic behavior caused by frontal damage fail to respond autonomically to social stimuli.},
  author={Antonio R. Damasio and Daniel Tranel and Hanna Damasio},
  journal={Behavioural brain research},
  year={1990},
  volume={41 2},
  pages={81-94}
}
Following damage to ventromedial frontal cortices, adults with previously normal personalities develop defects in decision-making and planning that are especially revealed in an abnormal social conduct. The defect repeatedly leads to negative personal consequences. The physiopathology of this disorder is an enigma. We propose that the defect is due to an inability to activate somatic states linked to punishment and reward, that were previously experienced in association with specific social… CONTINUE READING
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