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Where evil lurks: Neurologist discovers 'dark patch' inside the brains of killers and rapists

Posted by on Feb. 7, 2013 at 8:55 AM
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  • Scans reveal a patch at the front of the brain can be seen in people with records for criminal violence
  • German scientist who made the discovery classifies evil in three groups

By Allan Hall In Berlin

PUBLISHED:10:32 EST, 5 February 2013| UPDATED:18:29 EST, 5 February 2013

A German neurologist claims to have found the area of the brain where evil lurks in killers, rapists and robbers.

Bremen scientist Dr Gerhard Roth says the 'evil patch' lies in the brain's central lobe and shows up as a dark mass on X-rays.

He discovered it when investigating violent convicted offenders over the years for German government studies.

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Dr Gerhard Roth demonstrates where the 'evil patch' can be identified in the brains of those inclined to violence

 

Scans studied by Dr Roth indicate that the patch he says is associated with wicked behaviour is found at the front of the brain

Scans studied by Dr Roth indicate that the patch he says is associated with wicked behaviour is found at the front of the brain

'We showed these people short films and measured their brain waves,' he said.

'Whenever there were brutal and squalid scenes the subjects showed no emotions. In the areas of the brain where we create compassion and sorrow, nothing happened.'

The dark mass at the front of the brain, he says, appears in all scans of people with records for criminal violence.

He says his researches have led him to believe that some criminals have a 'genetic predisposition' to violence.

He added: 'When you look at the brain scans of hardened criminals, there are almost always severe shortcomings in the lower forehead part of the brain.

'There are cases where someone becomes criminal as a result of a tumour or an injury in that area, and after an operation to remove the tumour, that person was completely normal again.

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Hitler

Dictators: Josef Stalin (left) and Adolf Hitler (right) belong to Dr Roth's third group - pure psychopaths

'Or there are physiological deficits, because certain substances such as serotonin in the forebrain are not working effectively.

'But this is definitely the region of the brain where evil is formed and where it lurks.

 

'Of course it is not automatic. The brain can compensate somewhat for violent tendencies and it is unclear how that works.

WHAT IS A PSYCHOPATH?

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Psychpathy is a personality disorder that has been variously characterised by shallow emotions (including reduced fear, a lack of empathy, and stress tolerance), coldheartedness, egocentricity, superficial charm, manipulativeness, irresponsibility, impulsivity, criminality, antisocial behavior, a lack of remorse, and a parasitic lifestyle.

Terrorists are sometimes called psychopaths, and comparisons can be drawn with traits such as antisocial violence, a selfish worldview that precludes welfare for others, lack of remorse or guilt, and blaming external events.

While no psychiatric or psychological organisation has sanctioned a diagnosis of 'psychopathy' itself, assessments of psychopathy are widely used in criminal justice settings in some nations and may have important consequences for individuals.

'But when I will look at young people, and I see there are developmental disorders in the lower forehead brain, I can say that there is a felon in the making with 66 per cent probability.

'It is easy to spot this anti-social behaviour from very early on.'

Dr Roth said no two criminals are alike. He divides them into three groups for the purposes of his hunt for evil.

The first he classifies as 'psychologically healthy,' people who grow up in an environment where it is 'OK to beat, steal and murder'.

The second type is the mentally disturbed criminal who looks at his world as threatening.

'A wrong look, one false move, he can explode and become a killer,' he said.

The third group are pure psycopaths, a group in which tyrants such as Hitler and Stalin belong.

He said not all monsters are born and that many are made worse by their environments on their roads to evil.

He added: 'Experts detect a mental decline in some people that begins in the kindergarten. It is the task of society to offer widespread support to the children and their parents before they become criminals.'

Dr Roth is one of Germany's best-known brain specialists and has was at the forefront of calling for sentencing reforms a few years ago.



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yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 9:11 AM

 I remember discussing this in a college sociology class a LONG time ago.  It was suspected way back then.

So now what do we do with them if they are born that way?

Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Feb. 7, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Perhaps is these findings become acknowledged more discoveries might be made to help deter this kind of behavior.

brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 9:36 AM



Quoting yourspecialkid:

 I remember discussing this in a college sociology class a LONG time ago.  It was suspected way back then.

So now what do we do with them if they are born that way?


Perhaps find a way to encourage or kick start activity in that portion of the brain.

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by Platinum Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 9:47 AM
We can't stamp out all of the psychopathic behaviors. We shouldn't try to do it either because almost all of the behaviors are desirable and necessary to varying matters of degree to make it to and through adulthood. It's all about steering the scariness. Murderers and CEOs usually have a lot of character and personality traits in common but one of them is allowed to display ruthlessness without causing bodily harm to others and while making lots of material wealth.
It's hard to walk a line of keeping alive survival traits intact without medicating or removing any child who displays unpleasantness.
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by Whoopie on Feb. 7, 2013 at 10:14 AM

This

Quoting brookiecookie87:



Quoting yourspecialkid:

 I remember discussing this in a college sociology class a LONG time ago.  It was suspected way back then.

So now what do we do with them if they are born that way?


Perhaps find a way to encourage or kick start activity in that portion of the brain.


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by Bazinga! on Feb. 7, 2013 at 10:42 AM

 Interesting.

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