Dr. Kent Kiehl’s research accomplishments centered around neuroscience examinations of psychopaths. Kiehl began working with Robert Hare after he discovered the Psychopathy Checklist Revised and became one of Hare’s protégés. During Kiehl’s early association with Hare, Kiehl began to focus in on using fMRI or functional magnetic resonance imaging to study the brains of psychopaths. Kiehl came to the conclusions that psychopaths are the way they are because they have brain imparities and that psychopathy should be classified as a serious mental illness. Kiehl wishes to create a database of 10,000 psychopaths of all ages, ethnicities, and genders (Ramsland, 2011). However, this achievement may take numerous years because each brain scan has an immense amount of biographical information that needs to be interpreted accurately (Ramsland, 2011). Kiehl also calculated how much psychopathy cost to tax payers and government after a trial, sentencing, property damage, victims, and if the psychopaths recidivate. The speculated cost ended up to be around $250 billion to $400 billion dollars (Ramsland, 2011). Yet, the expenditure of treatment and evaluation of psychopaths would save us money and also keep us safe from them.
Kiehl’s work with fMRIs supplements Cleckley’s past work in terms of creating a potential C-IQ assessment because Kiehl’s work would make a C-IQ assessment more thorough and credible. You need a list of behaviors to look for when assessing someone C-IQ and Cleckley’s list of behaviors that are seen in psychopaths are often seen in criminals as well. However, a neurological examination, such as Kiehl’s examinations, needs to be added as well because a person brain activity would explain why a person is exhibiting behaviors that are on Cleckley’s list. There also may be an abnormality in the brain that causes a person to behave in a psychopathic manner. If there is an abnormality in the brain, then it changes the treatment options and therapeutic tactics. In summation, both Cleckley’s work and Kiehl’s work together would be great basis for creating a C-IQ assessment that would change the field of criminal justice and forensic psychology.
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