Study: Brain research shows psychopathic criminals do not lack empathy, but fail to use it automatically – Christian Keysers & Edwin Rutsch

Christian Keysers is professor and group leader of the Social Brain Lab at the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands. The lab explores the biological nature and neuroscience of empathy. Christian is author of ‘The Empathic Brain: How the Discovery of Mirror Neurons Changes our Understanding of Human Nature’.

Christian discusses his teams new findings. “A brain imaging study in the Netherlands shows individuals with psychopathy have reduced empathy while witnessing the pains of others. When asked to empathize, however, they can activate their empathy.” ScienceDaily