The epigenesis of sociopathy

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Mealey distinguishes two types of sociopathy: (1) 'primary,' or obligate, and (2) 'secondary,' or facultative. Either sociopathy evolved twice, or one form is derived from the other, e.g., through: (1) genetic assimilation generating polymorphism in the relative strength of biases favoring the development of otherwise facultative strategies, or (2) independently heritable but strategically relevant characteristics biasing the optimal selection of facultative strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)556-557
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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