Psychopaths, genetics and development of the brain are discussed with neuroscientist James Fallon, who recently recorded his own troubling genetic discoveries in the book, The Psychopath Inside. The predisposition to violence, impulsivity and the genetic markers that can influence people towards criminality are detailed with attention to Fallon's experience in this Crime Time interview with Allison Hope Weiner.
In 2005, after decades of studying the brain scans of psychopathic killers, James Fallon made a startling discovery when examining his own PET scan as part of a separate research project. His brain, Fallon discovered, looked precisely like those of the cold-blooded murderers he'd spent the last 20 years scrutinizing. And after analyzing his DNA, Fallon later uncovered that his genetic profile contained several genes strongly linked to violent, psychopathic behaviors. Fallon revealed the findings in a 2009 TED Talk, mainstream media latched on: he was profiled on NPR, graced the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and even inspired an episode of the TV series Criminal Minds. This year, Fallon released his own book The Psychopath Inside, recounting his own fascinating reaction to discovering after the first fifty-eight years of his life that he has the brain of a psychopath. Now combining and analyzing his own biology and behaviors, Fallon takes a hard scientific look at our evolving understanding of psychopathy and the complexity of humans.
Crime Time Episodes Playlist:
Crime Time Shorts Playlist:
00:01 Welcome to Crime Time.
00:30 Introducing Dr. James Fallon.
01:20 Diagnosing a psychopath.
04:30 Psychopathy traits.
09:40 Psychopaths in popular culture.
14:30 Dr. Fallon's brain scan abnormalities.
21:00 The genetic component.
23:20 Serotonin and mood regulation.
29:30 Early signs of psychopathy.
39:20 Steps to psychopathy.
43:40 The social psychopath.
48:00 Preventing psychopathy.
50:30 Thanks and goodbye.