The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience

The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience

by Kent A. Kiehl PhD


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780770435868
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 04/21/2015
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 118,432
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

KENT A. KIEHL, PhD, is an executive science offi­cer of the nonprofit Mind Research Network and a professor of psychology, neurosciences, and law at the University of New Mexico. In addition to authoring more than 130 articles in peer-reviewed publications, Kiehl has writ­ten for Scientific American, has appeared on NPR, and was profiled by John Seabrook in The New Yorker. He currently directs five major NIH-funded projects in psychopathy and related mental illnesses. He lectures extensively to state and federal judges, lawyers, cor­rectional officials, and lay audiences about the inter­section of neuroscience and the law.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Maximum Security 1

Chapter 2 Suffering Souls 35

Chapter 3 The Assassins 50

Chapter 4 The Psychopath Electrified 78

Chapter 5 The Psychopath Magnetized 95

Chapter 6 Bad Beginnings 126

Chapter 7 Ivy League Lessons 151

Chapter 8 Teenage "Psychopaths" 185

Chapter 9 Mobile Imaging 203

Chapter 10 The Decompression Chamber 216

Chapter 11 A Serial Killer Unmasked 228

Acknowledgments 269

Notes 271

Index 285

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The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a teacher I have worked with some students who made me wonder how young psychopathy could be diagnosed. While we would never want to stigmatized a child with that label, effective early treatment could save lives and broken hearts. This book is written clearly but leaves you with questions about victims, fairness, and evil whose answers are not clear at all. Gripping read!
Anonymous 22 days ago
I am currently an undergraduate student at a state university and this book fascinated me more than I could have ever predicted. I searched the psychology section of B&N for something that may spark interest and grabbed The Psychopath Whisperer, bought it and read it, fully annotating the entire book, noting multiple times on nearly every page, over the next month. It sparked a passion in me for criminology, psychopathy, and criminal psychopathology. It is an amazing read, and astonishing work done by Kiehl and his colleagues. If you have slight interest in psychopathy I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An unbelievable book. I enjoyed and learned a lot from this. The author is an amazing writer! If you're interested in this topic, this book is a MUST READ!
Patito_de_Hule More than 1 year ago
In this fascinating scientific exploration into the biological differences between psychopaths and non-psychopathic people, Kiehl discusses his own dealings with psycopaths in prisons. Kiehl is known as the first person to use an MRI in a prison to study the differences between psychopaths and non-psychopathic prisoners. Kiehl would determine psycopathy by interviewing prisoners and then rating them 1-3 on a list of 20 attributes. A score of 30 indicates a psychopath. Approximately 20% of inmates were psychopaths. A balanced number of people who rate high and low on the psychopathy scale would be chosen for the experiments. Once the study subjects were put in the MRI, they would be shown pictures of three types: a morally neutral photo (perhaps an ice cream cone), a morally ambiguous photo (perhaps a wrestling match), and a immoral act (perhaps someone placing a bomb in a car). The prisoners would then rate one a 1-5 scale how immoral the picture was. When a person who scores low on the psychopathy scale sees an immoral picture, his limbic system lights up; but a psychopath's limbic system remains eerily dark. In his book, Kiehl also discusses findings other people have made about psychopaths - like the fact that they have no startle reflex. This mixture of scientific, psychological, and personal narrative make for a fantastic book. I enjoyed this book quite a bit - especially the ethical implications of whether a psychopath deserves an insanity plea because their brains function differently than "normal" people and they are unable to physiologically respond the "right" way to the thought of immoral activity. Kiehl himself longs for a day when psychopathy will be caught earlier in childhood, so that they can receive treatment rather than incarceration. But the issue is quite an ethical dilemma. Where do you draw the line on the insanity plea?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended by my Brother who is a professor. He teaches education and thought this book was interesting. Being in the criminal justice field I thought I would take a chance. The book is well written and not too theory based. Someone with little or no psych knowledge can understand it. Worth reading if you're interested in this kind of topic.
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