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Biological Brain Differences found in Criminal psychopaths when processing facial emotions

DECEMBER 07, 2006

A new study from a research team led by Professor Declan Murphy has found that there are biological brain differences among criminals compared with normal people when they process facial emotion.

The aims of the study published in December's British Journal of Psychiatry were to investigate brain function when people with psychopathy and a control group process facial emotion.  The researchers used a brain imaging technique known as event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine neural responses when viewing fearful faces, happy and neutral faces.  

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