This research paper presents an analysis of the functions of the frontal lobe and how damage to the frontal lobe correlates to psychopathy. Initially, it will look at how damage to the frontal lobe obstructs frontal lobe functions. The decrease in executive function, due to a reduction of blood flow to the frontal lobe following a subarachnoid hemorrhage, is explored. The correlation between cortical thickness and impulsiveness in adolescence is examined. Subsequently, the issue is then examined through the observation of groups with psychopathy and how the diagnosis relates to their frontal lobes. One study compares individuals with psychopathy to individuals who suffered lesions to their frontal cortex. Another study discusses the correlation between cortical thickness and frontal information processing; it also compares the location of where the information processing occurs for individuals with psychopathy versus non-psychopathic individuals. Lastly, the functions of the frontal lobe are compared with the characteristics of psychopathy to further understand their correlation.
"Frontal Lobe and Psychopathy,"
Themis: Research Journal of Justice Studies and Forensic Science:
Vol. 3, Article 8.
Available at: http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/themis/vol3/iss1/8