James Fallon

James Fallon

James Fallon is an American neuroscientist specializing in consciousness, creativity, and how the brain relates to art, law, and violence. He has made significant contributions to the study of schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stem cells, and psychopathia. Some of his most recent work has explored the minds of psychopathic killers. He is a professor of anatomy and neurobiology at UC Irvine and sits on several national think tanks for science, biotechnology, the arts, and the U.S. military. Fallon is also a Sloan Scholar, Fulbright Fellow, and National Institute of Health Career Awardee. In 2005 he discovered, inadvertently through routine lab research, the he personally possessed the genetic characteristics of a psychopath. He recounts this discovery in his oft-cited book, “The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain,” (2013). In addition to continued research in the field of Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, psychopathology and stem cells, he frequently lectures and gives interviews for TV, documentaries, radio, newspapers and magazines.