Dean A. Haycock

| Science & Medical Writer

Workshops & Presentations

Exploring the Criminal Psychopathic Brain

How many times have you heard of a crime attributed to a psychopathic individual, perhaps in a news report or on a TV show, and asked yourself “how could someone do something like that?” Today, neuroscientists are imaging, mapping, testing and dissecting the source of the worst behavior imaginable in the brains of people who lack a conscience. This riveting presentation examines the behavior of real-life psychopathic individuals and discusses how their actions may be explained in scientific terms. It also distinguishes criminal from “successful,” nonviolent, psychopathic personalities… those who live and work among us.

The ability to recognize psychopathic persons using the scientific method has vast implications for society, and also raises controversial concerns that should be discussed.

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Characters on the Couch

Our favorite fictional characters from books and movies often display an impressive and wide range of psychological attributes, both positive and negative. We admire their resilience, courage, humanity, or justice, and we are intrigued by other characters who show signs of personality disorders and mental illness—psychopathy, narcissism, antisocial personality, paranoia, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, among many other conditions. Learn, in an engaging and entertaining way, about positive psychology and mental health issues by examining the behavior of interesting and often familiar characters, and develop more insights into human behavior.

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High Risk for Violence Symposium 2017

Developing Strategies for Managing Violent Extremists & General Violence (Red Band Cases)

Assessment Monitoring Restrictions Interventions

Session: Neuroscience and Violence

August 15 - 17, 2017 Westin Bonaventure Los Angeles, CA

Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts; Probation and Pretrial Services Office

Room: Santa Anita (C)

Presenter: Dr. Dean A. Haycock

  • A Brief Overview of What is Known About the Neurobiology of Violence
  • Psychopathy and Violence
  • Brain Imaging Studies of Psychopathic Individuals