Author Archive | David Kosson

Web Conversation with Dr. Robert Schug

Neuropsychology is the branch of psychology that examines behavior in specific situations to learn about the functioning of the brain. Dr. Robert Schug, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Forensic Psychology at California State University, Long Beach, spoke with Dr. David Kosson and Aftermath Foundation members about some of his research on neuropsychological functioning […]

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One Woman’s Story

Written by Winifred Rule, author of Born To Destroy.  My mother and sister display high levels of psychopathic traits.  Living with them enabled me to see their entire personalities—not just what the psychiatrist or psychologist sees at the opposite side of the desk.   They sought to destroy me whenever possible.  Their strategy came in the […]

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Psychopathic Traits and Reactive and Instrumental Violence among Young Female Offenders

Introduction Despite the increased representation of female youth in the forensic system they are a strikingly under-studied population. To better understand this population 145 young female offenders who had committed a violent offense were assessed for psychopathic traits, specific motivations (instrumental vs. reactive) for the crime, and offense characteristics (such as information about their victims, […]

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People with Psychopathy Have Trouble with Emotional Empathy

Blair (2005) has stated that the empathy system is comprised of three main neural networks, which drive emotional empathy, cognitive empathy and motor empathy. The neural networks can work partially alone, but an empathic response typically involves all three neural networks working together. Emotional empathy is an emotional response to another person’s emotional gestures, vocal […]

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