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PsychopathyAn Introduction to Biological Findings and Their Implications$
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Andrea L. Glenn and Adrian Raine

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814777053

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814777053.001.0001

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(p.84) 4 Neuropsychology

Andrea L. Glenn

Adrian Raine

NYU Press

This chapter presents two cases of individuals with frontotemporal dementia: a 60-year-old man arrested for child molestation whose personality had changed remarkably over four years, and a woman in her fifties who demonstrated progressive changes in her personality over the course of 18 months. These neurological patients demonstrate many of the characteristics of psychopathic individuals, including pervasive immoral behavior and reduced concern for the harm that this behavior may have on others. In relation to these cases, the chapter explains how neuropsychology has been able to provide information about the brain regions that likely function differently in psychopathy in two ways. Specifically, neuropsychology compares the behaviors and personality features of patients with damage to specific brain regions to those of people with psychopathic traits.

Keywords:   frontotemporal dementia, neurological patients, neuropsychology, personality features, psychopathic traits

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