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Moreira, Almeida, Pinto, & Favero (2014) define psychopathy as “a severe mental disorder marked by a character deviation, absence of genuine feelings, coldness, insensitivity to other's feelings, manipulation, egocentricity, lack of remorse and guilt for cruel acts, and inflexibility with punishments” (p. 192). Psychopathy is a developmental disorder indicated by emotional dysfunction and increased risk for aggressive behaviors. It can stem from biological and personality factors that are influenced by environmental and family (Moreira, Almeida, Pinto, & Favero, 2014). Criminal behavior has not been associated with a specific gene or biological effect; however, other factors may affect antisocial behaviors. There is no single gene, or small amounts of genes, that can determine if there will be a prediction in criminal behavior (Moreira, Almeida, Pinto, & Favero, 2014¸). Bartol and Bartol (2014) state that there are two dysfunctions of the brain that could possibly be linked to psychopathy: amygdala and hemisphere asymmetry. The amygdala dysfunction

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