This week a fascinating discussion is taking place at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Kent Kiehl, David Faigman and Professor Amanda Pustilnik are discussing the wide-ranging challenges posed by the use of contemporary neuroscience in the courtroom. For example, “Is neuroscience ready for courtroom use?, or does brain imaging permit us to measure a person’s feelings, thoughts, and intentions?, or can jurors understand and effectively weigh neuroscientific evidence?” READ MORE
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David Webb from All About Psychology voted the Psychopath Whisperer the Psychology book of the month for February 2015. Read More
Read and listen to the podcast of Dr. Kiehl’s most recent interview with Scott Kaufman from Scientific American. This interview uncovers the interest of psychopathy, the definition of a “true” psychopath, Dr. Kiehl’s career and his interactions with psychopaths. (click here for article) (click here for podcast)
Jean Emerson, reporter of K5 NBC news in Washington recently reported on Dr. Kiehl’s most recent findings. He expressed throughout the years Dr. Kiehl and his team have taken their mobile MRI to eight prisons in Texas and New Mexico and more than 3500 inmates have gone through it. His brain research has zeroed in on the amygdala, a structure involved in decision making and emotional response. “There’s this whole part of the limbic system that runs right here. And this is the part that we’re really interested in studying in psychopathy,” said Dr. Kiehl.
In a recent Forbes piece Prosecutor Marcia Clark comments on the nation’s epidemic of school shootings and the relationship between psychopathy and violent behavior. Clark cites Dr. Kent Kiehl and his new book “The Psychopath Whisperer” and points out that the treatment program Kiehl discusses in his book may be one of the best chances for early detection and intervention for youth on a trajectory towards future violence.
Again, Ross Pomeroy references Dr. Kent Kiehl in his most recent article, “Can Psychopaths be Cured?”. Pomeroy clarifies the undiscovered cure for individuals diagnosed with psychopathy. He quotes Dr. Kent Kiehl’s expertise within psychopathy and Kiehl’s hopeful future for efficacious treatments. Also, he hopes treatments will be in positive correlation with decreasing homicide criminal rates. Pomeroy discussed Dr.Kiehl most recent development, one of the first psychopathy treatment centers; Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center (MJTC) in Wisconsin. The treatment center has been successful in decreasing youth criminal acts by 50% with MJTC by using the Decompression Model. READ MORE
Writer Ross Pomeroy in a recent piece investigated the probable diagnosis of a past infamous killer, John Wilkes Booth as a Psychopath. Pomeroy cites Dr. Kent Kiehl’s new book The Psychopath Whisperer with an posthumous assessment of John Wilkes Book using the Hare Psychopathy Checklist. One by one through the checklist Pomeroy cites Kiehl’s book and expertise scoring John Wilkes Booth likeliness to be a psychopath or an empathetic individual that only wanted to change the pages of US history. READ MORE
Paul Teetor from LA Weekly stated in an article that Dr. Kent Kiehl is the world’s leading authority on psychopaths. The piece references Kiehl’s new book “The Psychopath Whisperer” and discusses misconceptions of psychopaths and their personality traits; psychopathy versus psychosis. READ MORE
\John Seabrook’s article “One Frustration” was recently translated into Russian. It gives a short autobiography of Dr. Kent Kiehl’s life regarding his research with psychopaths and his experiments on prisoners within high-clearance prisons. READ MORE.
The DukeReads selection for May/June 2014 was the The Psychopath Whisperer by Dr. Kent Kiehl and the book discussion was lead by Professor Walter Sinnott-Armstrong at Duke University. Armstrong chose this particular book because he states “Psychopaths are less than one percent of the population, but they commit over 30% of the violent crime in the United States. This book explains what psychopaths are, the history of this diagnosis, and the only method of treatment that works. Dr. Kent Kiehl is also a top neuroscientist who insists on accuracy while making the story accessible and lively..” Read Full Article Here.