About the speaker:
Jim Fallon has taught neuroscience and
psychiatry grand rounds at the University
of California Irvine for thirty-five years. Jim
studies how an individual's experience further
shapes his or her development. He has made
key contributions to understanding of adult
stems and stroke, schizophrenia, Parkinson's
disease and Alzheimer's disease.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Truman writes
about a murder that took place in Holcomb, Kansas. The
Clutter family were brutally murdered by Dick Hickock and
Perry Smith. In To Pity the Killer the author talks about how
Perry came from a very abusive family, a family that didn't
really care about him, and how this caused him to became a
killer. His father beat his mother and his mother was an
alcoholic. Perry had to go though all this hardship while
he was still a kid. Fallon would have agreed that where Perry came from had a big impact on why he became a killer.
Jim Fallon has started studying psychopaths and
how they come to be who they are. With PET scans
and EEG's Fallon has uncovering the traits that make
people violent and murderous.