Is there a biological basis for evil? From neurological imaging to behavioral studies, Dean Haycock's account of the groundbreaking research reveals what scientists are learning about the psychopaths living among us.
How many times have you seen a murder on the news or on a TV show like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and said to yourself "How could someone do something like that?" Today neuroscientists are imaging, mapping, testing, and dissecting the source of the worst behavior imaginable in the brains of the people who lack a conscience: psychopaths.
Neuroscientist Dean Haycock examines the behavior of real-life psychopaths and discusses how their actions can be explained in scientific terms, from research that literally looks inside their brains to understanding how psychopaths, without empathy but very goal oriented, think and act the way they do. Some don't commit crimes at all but rather make use of their skills in the boardroom. But what does this mean for lawyers, judges, psychiatrists, victims, and listeners - for anyone who has ever wondered how some people can be so bad? Could your nine-year-old be a psychopath? What about your coworker? The ability to recognize psychopaths using the scientific method has vast implications for society, and yet is still loaded with consequences.
"In this fascinating page-turner, neurobiologist Haycock tries to uncover the correlation between brain abnormalities and violent behavior, and whether one guarantees the other.... " (Publishers Weekly)
"The author explores these tricky issues in accessible and insightful chapters that break down the science behind the data while using narratives of high-profile criminals - e.g., Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, Mafia contract killer Richard 'The Ice Man' Kuklinski, rapist and murderer Brian Dugan - to provide chilling real-life examples of criminally psychopathic behaviors. Part true crime, part neuroscience and a page-turner from start to finish." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Haycock does a great job of describing the scientific basis of our understanding of individuals with psychopathic traits who are nevertheless contributing members of our society" (Vincent Campese, PhD)
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