Movie clips were used to test whether psychopaths could activate brain areas associated with empathy.

A brain scan, top, taken when psychopaths viewed film clips, showed little activity in empathy circuits. After being instructed to associate with one of the actors, empathy circuits became more active, as shown in the bottom image.

( Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences / July 24, 2013 )

A brain scan, top, taken when psychopaths viewed film clips, showed little activity in empathy circuits. After being instructed to associate with one of the actors, empathy circuits became more active, as shown in the bottom image.

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