Neuroimaging of Psychopathic Traits (1 CE)
This course is for: Clinical Psychologists, Counselors and Nurses
Course By: Tamara Avery, PsyD
Content By: Johanson, M., Vaurio, O., Tiihonen, J., and Lahteenvuo, M. (2020). A systematic literature review of neuroimaging of psychopathic traits. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10 (1027), 1-20.
Course Description: Psychopathy is characterized by grandiosity, callousness, and manipulativeness combined with a lack of remorse, empathy, and guilt. It is often comorbid with conduct disorder (CD) and antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). Neuroimaging studies have recently been conducted to explore various brain areas in individuals presenting with psychopathic traits. Researchers found that psychopathy was associated with numerous neuroanatomical abnormalities. Structural and functional irregularities involving the limbic and paralimbic systems appear to be associated with core psychopathic features. Researchers further posit that ASPD and psychopathy stem from biological processes.
- Identify the 1 aim of the study and the methods related to reviewing MRI neuroimaging of psychopathic traits as examined in the article
- Integrate 4 identified strengths in the study with the 4 study limitations
- Generalize the possibility and/or plausibility of applying 1 primary finding to the relationship between neuroimaging and neuroanatomical abnormalities
- Read and understand A systematic literature review of neuroimaging of psychopathic traits
- Review the Course Description and Learning Objectives
- Consider the factors related to the neuroimaging techniques coupled with the statistical findings related to structural and functional irregularities revealed in the accompanying article
- Work through the post-test questions; keep in mind that answer selections should be derived from the respective article
- Return to the referenced article for any missed questions and/or to better understand the relationship between psychopathy and neuroanatomical abnormalities