Re: Sociopaths (was Re: Reforming Education)

J. R. Molloy (
Tue, 19 Oct 1999 10:37:21 -0700

>Yes, this might help. Cognitive therapy is being tested to treat
>antisocial personality disorder (usually in prisons; otherwise the
>patients are rather uncooperative). I'm not sure how well it works,
>the medline abstracts I looked at had rather mixed results.

NEW YORK (AP) - A key part of the brain's circuitry for learning moral and social rules lies right behind the forehead, a study suggests. Antisocial behavior might depend at least in part on malfunctions in this circuitry, researchers said. But it's too early to draw conclusions, and the study doesn't mean that all antisocial behavior can be blamed on damage to this area, said lead author Steven W. Anderson. The area, called the prefrontal cortex, has long been known to affect social behavior. Prior studies show that people who sustain damage to it as adults can start acting irresponsibly. A happily married man, for example, might take up with prostitutes and start bouncing checks.