Psychopathy is still largely a mystery to the medical community and the greater pubic. In a new study, researchers show that psychopaths could have fundamentally abnormal attention mechanisms in the brain.
As any fan of the TV series “Sherlock” or “Dexter” knows, a lack of empathy is a hallmark of psychopathy. However, as researchers Jean Decety, Laurie R. Skelly and Kent A. Kiehl explain in their study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the neural processes associated with empathetic processing have not been directly examined in the mental condition, especially in regards to perceiving others’ pain and distress. That is, until now.