The Dialectic Between Empathy and Violence: An Opportunity for Intervention?: The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences: Vol 0, No 0

The authors provide a comprehensive review of the neurobiology of empathy and compare this with the neurobiology of psychopathic predatory violence—the most extreme deficit of empathy.


This suggests that the specific areas of the prefrontal cortex and limbic system, which have been associated with violent behavior, also appear to subserve the capacity for empathy. Damage to these regions may result in the emergence of aggression, but not of empathy, suggesting a structurally inverse relationship between the two.


The authors examine the evidence for a dialectic between empathy and predatory violence and explore the implications for early interventions with empathy training in treatment-resistant psychopathy.


Doriana Chialant, Ph.D.

, Judith Edersheim, M.D., J.D.,

Bruce H. Price, M.D.