Latest Jean Decety Stories

2013-04-25 10:56:51

Prisoners who are psychopaths lack the basic neurophysiological "hardwiring" that enables them to care for others, according to a new study by neuroscientists at the University of Chicago and the University of New Mexico. "A marked lack of empathy is a hallmark characteristic of individuals with psychopathy," said the lead author of the study, Jean Decety, the Irving B. Harris Professor in Psychology and Psychiatry at UChicago. Psychopathy affects approximately 1 percent of the United...

Disasters Can Cause Older Children To Be More Giving And Younger Children To Be More Selfish
2013-01-30 11:08:33

University of Chicago A natural disaster can bring out the best in older children, prompting 9-year-olds to be more willing to share, while 6-year-olds become more selfish. Researchers at the University of Toronto, the University of Chicago, and Liaoning Normal University made this finding in a rare natural experiment in China around the time of a horrific earthquake. A crucial difference between the two age groups emerged one month after the disaster. The 6-year-olds´ willingness...

2011-12-09 11:55:00

WSU neuroscientist says animal models could open door to human feelings The emotions of rats and mice and the mental infrastructure behind them promise to illuminate the nature of human emotions, including empathy and nurturance, a Washington State University neuroscientist writes in this Friday's issue of the journal Science. Jaak Panksepp, Baily Endowed Chair of Animal Well-Being Science and a professor of Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacy and Physiology, makes his case in...

Rat Frees Trapped Cagemate In New Experiment
2011-12-09 07:59:05

While being referred to as a rat usually has negative connotations, a new study from the University of Chicago has revealed that rodents could be actuaally be generous and empathetic to their fellow creatures. According to a Thursday article by David Brown of the Washington Post, researchers at the university were attempting to find out whether or not one rat would release another from "an unpleasantly restrictive cage" if it had the opportunity. The answer, as it turns out, was yes. As...

2011-06-04 15:55:00

Research shows morally laden scenarios get different responses from people of different ages.Moral responses change as people age says a new study from the University of Chicago.Both preschool children and adults distinguish between damage done either intentionally or accidently when assessing whether a perpetrator has done something wrong, said study author Jean Decety. But, adults are much less likely than children to think someone should be punished for damaging an object, for example,...

2010-12-08 22:02:07

Neuroimaging: Voodoo, New Phrenology, or Scientific Breakthrough? Introduction to Special Section on fMRI Ed Diener In response to the widespread interest following the publication of Vul et al (2009), Perspectives Editor Ed Diener invited researchers to contribute articles for a special section on fMRI, discussing the promises and issues facing neuroimaging. Mistreating Psychology in the Decades of the Brain Gregory A. Miller Scientists tend to consider psychology-biology relationships in...

2009-02-19 09:21:25

Research shows feelings of loneliness and social isolation can have an effect on the brain itself, causing visible changes in brain activity. In a recent study, scientists scanned the brains of college-age females while they were viewing both pleasant and unpleasant images. They found in non-lonely people, the ventral striatum "“ a region of the brain associated with rewards "“ was much more activated when they viewed pleasant images. Conversely, the temporoparietal junction...

2008-11-07 13:25:00

Abnormally aggressive teens may in fact take pleasure in causing pain in others, investigations using brain scans at the University of Chicago indicate. "This is the first time that MRI scans have been used to study situations that could otherwise provoke empathy," said Jean Decety, Professor in Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Chicago. "This work will help us better understand ways to work with juveniles inclined to aggression and violence." This may not be too shocking to...

Word of the Day
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'