Neurochemical mechanisms of chronic antisocial behavior (Psychopathy): A literature review

Collins E. Lewis

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This article reviews the important emotional correlates of chronic antisocial behavior from the standpoint of primary and secondary psychopathy. Primary psychopaths exhibit a conspicuous lack of empathetic emotions and secondary psychopaths exhibit a conspicuous excess of inappropriate emotions. The article points out the relationship between passive-avoidance learning deficits and primary psychopathy and between central nervous system serotonergic dysfunction and primary and secondary psychopathy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)720-727
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1991


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