Confessions of a Pro-Social Psychopath

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James Fallon

James (Jim) Fallon is professor of psychiatry and human behavior and emeritus professor of anatomy and neurobiology in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine. In addition to his research on adult stem cell therapies for neurological disorders, he is involved in the transdisciplinary center for imaging genetics, and was national scientific coordinator for the NIH FBIRN (Functional Brain Imaging Center) from 2000-2010. His present specialties in the field are the imaging genetic correlates and gene discovery in schizophrenia, depression, addictions, gender differences, AD, PD, and brains of psychopaths, where he has analyzed the brains of murderers. You can reach Professor Fallon at

Neuroscientist James Fallon is a self-styled “hobbit scientist.” The rules are simple: Don’t talk to the press and don’t go out of your area of expertise. But when a fascinating new brain scanner enters the lab, Fallon can’t resist. He ends up breaking both rules, and learns a lot more about himself than he bargained for.

Scientists, writers, and artists take to the stage to tell stories about their personal relationship to science. The result is a collection of poignant, hilarious and unpredictable tales sure to intrigue and surely hard to forget. Presented in collaboration with The Moth. Watch them all in The Moth at WSF Series.