The psychopath, male or female is well known to have no morals. However, he/she will claim high morals and will make sure everyone around knows it too. On top of that, the psychopath is very quick to accuse someone else of being immoral. (This is actually a very good way to “spot a psychopath” so, be very suspicious of people who accuse others of having no morals and/or claim to have high morals. Keep in mind; the psychopath will always project his/her perverse/immoral behavior onto others)
In a recent neuroimaging study, Glenn, Raine and Schug found that “psychopathic individuals show reduced activity in the amygdala during emotional moral decision-making, with particularly conning and manipulative individuals showing reduced activity in the entire moral neural circuit.” The neural correlates of moral decision-making in psychopathy Here Supplementary Material; Here
Next, the question that Walter Glannon asked was, can psychopaths be morally responsible for their behavior? According to him, ” The cognitive and affective impairment of the psychopath justifies mitigated responsibility, but not excuse.” Moral Responsibility and the Psychopath Here
As anyone who has had any type of interaction with a psychopath, through work, a relationship or for.ex., a family member, knows that a psychopath knows right from wrong, he/she just does not care. It is all about satisfying his/her “wants and needs” whatever they may be, no matter the “cost” and that makes the psychopath a very dangerous individual. The psychopath´s reckless and immoral behavior is also what, sooner or later, exposes him/her to others.
Other studies of interest; Psychopathy as a disorder of the moral brain: Fronto-temporo-limbic grey matter reductions demonstrated by voxel-based morphometry. Here , Morality askew in psychopaths Here , Neuroticism and psychopathy predict brain activation during moral and nonmoral emotion regulation Here and Neural foundations to moral reasoning and antisocial behavior. (2006) Here