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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Actor Brian Cranston as Walter White in 'Breaking Bad.' Actor Brian Cranston as Walter White in 'Breaking Bad.' (Courtesy of AMC)

Hear a candid conversation about the "habits" of successful psychopaths. Sounds crazy? Not really. Turns out, it’s not only screen psychos that we love. Many of the people we admire -- and even elect as our leaders -- share traits with psychopathic killers.

Your Brain On Story features futurist Jason Silva on why and how people are hardwired for stories and cinema. Also, actor Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) and Terence Winter (“The Sopranos,” “Boardwalk Empire”) discuss the connection between horror and humor and what makes a great screen villain. Chiming in is neuroscientist James Fallon, who not only studies the brains of serial killers, but has one himself. Moderated by Cynthia McFadden (ABC News, Nightline Co-Anchor).

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dr. sandra from NYC

unfortunately, the gentleman who was discussing sociopaths, psychopaths and empathy is limited in his research base and is giving, in part, erroneous information.

people are born with and empathy gene, which like everything else in life (reading, math, etc. skills) needs to be nurtured and is developmentally learned. most people become more empathic with age - especially men who finally get it around 60 +.

a very small % of people are born without the empathy gene, according to the most recent research.
sociopaths are made. live with sociopathic parents and you will get that very quickly.
parents who don't express empathy for their children on a regular basis, who are abusive physically or emotionally, who abandon, who have little or no understanding of the social/emotional/intellectual needs of children will more times than not, raise humans with strong sociopathic tendencies.
as with all other human traits, sociopathology is on a spectrum.
thank you. dr. sandra mann

Apr. 24 2014 11:20 AM
Dan Marrin from Brooklyn, NY

Will enjoy the conversation greatly, but feel at a loss not being able to SEE the clips that are being shown during the talk. Maybe we can fix this for the next Talk? Maybe the teams can provide hyperlinks for listeners at home?

Apr. 23 2014 09:04 PM

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