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What is the contributing work of Dr. James Fallon?
In Psychopathy
Daniel Sumner
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Jun 30, 2022
I think everyone should learn about the neuroscientist James Fallon, so this is a fantastic post and question. In brief, James Fallon was interested in whether there were structural differences between the brains of psychopaths and non-psychopaths. So they took a mixture of scans including ones of Fallon for a control group. They discovered key structural change sincluding change in both prefrontal cortex and the limbic system and these were pretty conclusive. What was interesting was that Fallon spotted on one of the scans a pretty drastic demonstration of brain topographical and functional anatomy clearly at the extreme end of psychopathy. After checking the file, Fallon discovered it was his own scan, and after asking friedns and family and running an assessment, Fallon discovered he had high tendencies and exhibited psychopathic traits. Fallon then had to ask what was so different between him and other psychopaths who go on to commit atrocities. Initially sceptical of the power of environement over behaviour, Fallon went on a voyage of self-discovery and found that it was the positive early envionment provided by and supported by his parents that helped Fallon not give into the worst traits of psychopathy. Though when Fallon asked friends and family, they all conclusively agreed and gave innumerable examples of how his behaviour was akin to that of psychopaths. Fallon the neuroscientist thus is a psychopath, though a friendly one. It's a fascinating case and Fallon is witty a great speaker.
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Daniel Sumner
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Jun 30, 2022
Oh thanks very much, yeah I absolutely can do. 😁
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