This is a short (11 minute) newsmagazine piece done by ABC (Australia for the A here) about children who show psychopathic tendencies (such as abusing animals.) There is now a brain imaging test which clearly shows that these children (described as “callous” as opposed to “psychopaths”) have abnormal brain responses to viewing pictures of people in distress. While normal children are upset by these pictures, the callous child just couldn’t care less. Unfortunately, punishment (including inflicting physical pain) has absolutely no influence on changing the behavior. But getting the child to look at your face may help show that the feelings of others can greatly impact his or her world.
Anyway, I’ve prattled long enough about this. Enjoy.