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New Psychopathy Research

The Stanford Neuroethics Blog has some great updates about new psychopathy research. One of the articles postulates that it may be a specific type of attention problem that leads to the psychopathy phenotype. Check out the link.

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MacArthur has a new blog on the law and neuroscience. Check it out here: http://lawneuro.typepad.com/

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Long overdue update

Just a quick update to say that the site is not dead.  The most active portion at present is the list of links in the column on the right.  I will be posting links about forensics, functional imaging, and the use of large dataset computing techniques for research.

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Taking a break

I’m going to take a bit of a break to finish some research, attend an Evidence Based Medicine conference, go on vacation, and then study for the boards. Please feel free to contact me through the form above. Discussion will continue via email. I will also continue to update the list of links in the [...]

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Simulated Insanity

In this chapter, Ray talks about the concept of simulating mental illness to avoid legal consequences. The workings of an insane mind — such as attract the popular notice — are apparently so confused and discordant, so wild and unnatural, as to have given rise to the notion as prevalent as it is unfounded that [...]

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Links in the Second Column

I’ve started adding links to some different articles in the second column, just under the calendar. The links are related to neuroscience, technology, and psychiatry. I try to choose stories that are new, different, or controversial. A link to a story does not imply endorsement or agreement; it simply implies that I think it’s worth [...]

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Welcome New Readers

Thanks to those of you who have taken the time to visit after the mention in the AAPL newsletter. To help you jump right in, there’s a schedule posted above for your convenience. Also, please note that a copy of Isaac Ray’s book is available as a free PDF here. You can join the discussion [...]

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Chapter 15 – Lucid Intervals

This chapter describes the periodicity of mental illness. Ray notes that although episodes of improved function are common, they are also generally incomplete. That is, they are not usually defined by a complete and total remission of illness. Excerpts from both medical and legal works are cited, with one of the most eloquent by Dr. [...]

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Pinel described that most patients who are going to improve do so in the first month of hospitalization. Esquirol’s numbers from Salpêtrière are at odds with this, but support the supposition that as time goes on fewer patients recover. A number of case reports follow, some of which outline improbable events associated with recovery from [...]

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The start of the chapter is a description of apoplexy and paralysis, accompanied by an observation that the underlying neurological causes of these afflictions are often unable to be identified by autopsy. The general description appears to conform with what would be categorized today as a stroke. Ray asserts that mental impairment is common following [...]

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