New study reveals reasoning for lack of empathy in psychopaths

In order to better understand criminals’ thought processes, Dr. Jean Decety, professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Chicago, conducted a two-year study that analyzed why psychopaths don’t feel empathetic about committing crimes.

 

Published on Sept. 24 by Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, an academic publisher and research network, the study was funded by a $1.6 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.

 

“We have to break the concept of empathy down into its pieces and then look at how the components work together,” Decety said.