Brain areas tied with empathy — the anterior insula, the anterior midcingulate cortex, the somatosensory cortex, and the right amygdala — were activated when less psychopathic inmates imagined others in pain. Not so much for the highly psychopathic inmates.
While this group of inmates had a higher proportion of psychopaths than, say, your office, there are still some psychopaths mingling with the general population, some experts say. British journalist Jon Ronson, who wrote “The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry,” has explored the qualities shared by these psychopaths in our midst.
JUDITH AQUINO, ABBY ROGERS AND ERIN FUCHS