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How to spot a psychopath

24 February 2016

Time: 6:30 - 9:00pm
Venue: Pathology Museum (3rd Floor Robin Brook Centre), Barts & The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, St Bartholomew’s Hospital Site, West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE

TV shows and movies tell us to fear rampaging criminal psychopaths, websites offer online quizzes to tell if your new boyfriend or girlfriend is a remorseless sociopath, and self-help books warn us to beware of “snakes in suits” at work. What are the truths behind the popular image of the remorseless, cold-blooded psychopath – and why do we sometimes find them so bloody attractive? 

Talks by Wendy Morgan, a forensic psychologist, and Joanna Pashdag, a clinical and forensic psychologist, will look at the history of the concept of psychopathy, the differences between public perception / media portrayals and the reality, and why British psychopaths are more polite than American psychopaths. We'll travel in time from the skull of John Bellingham to the use of MRI scans in murder trials. We’ll introduce the listener to the hidden psychopaths in the coffee shop and in the workplace, and leave everyone in the audience shuddering, wondering about the person sitting next to them...

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