Psychopath Inside - A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain

Author(s): James H. Fallon


For his first 58 years, James Fallon was by all appearances a normal man. A successful neuroscientist and professor, he'd been raised in a loving family, married his school sweetheart and had three kids and lots of friends. Then he learned a shocking truth that would not only disrupt his personal and professional life, but would lead him to question the very nature of his own identity. While researching serial killers, he uncovered a pattern in their brain scans that helped explain their cold and violent behaviour. Astonishingly, his own scan matched that pattern.


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"As comprehensive as it is compelling, essential reading for understanding the genetic and neuroscience underpinnings of psychopathy." --M. E. THOMAS, author of Confessions of a Sociopath "Just the word 'psychopath' is enough to grab anyone's attention and it has inspired numerous TV shows and films for many decades. In truth, I believe the word itself does little to wrap its arms around the infinite behavioral traits psychopaths pos-sess, for good and bad. Fallon lets us inside his mind as he takes us on a deftly woven journey, breaking down every convention of psychopathic behavior." --SIMON MIRREN, former executive producer of Criminal Minds "Absorbing, insightful and quirky" -Kirkus "His surprising final diagnosis could broaden the way we see normality." -Nature

James Fallon is an award-winning neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine, where he has taught for thirty-five years. He lives in Irvine, CA.

General Fields

  • : 9781617230158
  • : Penguin Putnam Inc
  • : Current
  • : October 2014
  • : 214mm X 140mm
  • : United States
  • : January 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : James H. Fallon
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 616.89
  • : 256
  • : black white illustrations, figures