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Theory of mind, gender, and human progress | Empathy, psychopathy, and brain structure

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Abstract:

In the first part of my talk, I will present a registered study where we relate a female advantage in theory of mind (as measured by the Eyes Test) to gender equality (e.g. gender employment gap) and socioeconomic development (e.g. gross domestic product) across the 20 regions of Italy. In the second part of my talk, I will present a study where we relate both cognitive and affective empathy (as measured by the Interpersonal Reactivity Index) as well as psychopathic traits and diagnosis (as measured by the Psychopathy Checklist) to brain structure (as measured by MRI ) in an American sample of incarcerated males with a history of both violent and non-violent crime.

Bio:

Marcin is a Visiting PhD Student at the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge, pursuing his degree in cognitive neuroscience at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca. Mostly from a neuroimaging perspective, he is interested in sex/gender differences, theory of mind, empathy, personality, and mental conditions related to both sex/gender and social behaviour (including psychopathy and autism).

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