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Updated 04 February 2013

Psychopaths have distinct brain structure

Scientists who scanned the brains of men convicted of murder, rape and violent assaults have found evidence that psychopaths have structural abnormalities in their brains.

Scientists who scanned the brains of men convicted of murder, rape and violent assaults have found the strongest evidence yet that psychopaths have structural abnormalities in their brains.

The study showed that psychopaths, who are characterised by a lack of empathy, had less grey matter in the areas of the brain important for understanding other peoples' emotions.

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