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What makes a psychopath?



The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Why do some people develop psychopathy?

Explore why some people develop psychopathy and if it can be prevented. Credit: Steve Debenport

Join Professor Essi Viding as she examines a question that has long puzzled scientists and captured public imagination.

Discover the science behind psychopathy, including the ground-breaking research that shows why some individuals are genetically vulnerable to developing this developmental disorder, and explore whether there is a way it can be prevented.

Talk – admittance for our talks is first-come, first-served. Please ensure you arrive early for talks as we can get busy at the weekends and you may need to queue to get into the building.

Attending the event

  • Free to attend
  • No registration required 
  • Seats allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Doors open 15 minutes before start of event
  • Suitable for ages 14+
  • Travel and accessibility information - contact us directly to arrange any specific accessibility requirements 
  • This event is part of the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition 2018

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