Charles Whitman analysis and the Influence of the Amygdala
What could cause an individual to commit acts of destruction, could it be that everyone has an inner desire to destroy everything in their path or is that desire to destroy evolves as one experiences life. The case study report Charles Whitman: The Amygdala & Mass Murder by Rhawn Joseph gives an insight on this topic. The article explains the important life events of Whitman and the factors that cause each specific phase of his life, one can see Biological or psychological factors that have played in the desire for Whitman to massacre his fellow peers. These genetic and environmental factors can be interpreted into a broader scale known as the nature-nurture debate. In order to understand the article as it analysis the article one must comprehend the nature-nurture debate.
The nature-nature debate is about whether an individual is influence more by his or her genetic inheritance or do environmental factors contribute towards one development. Those that argue that nature plays a major role in the development of a person believe that one is born with those personalities. Those that argue for nurture believe that an individual is develop by environmental factors. The majority of Psychologist believe there is a mixture of both nature and nurture which is known as interactions. In the case study of Charles Whitman one can analyze both of these factors in the development that lead to the Whitman massacre.
The article Charles Whitman: The Amygdala & Mass Murder Rhawn Joseph starts of by explaining experiments done to humans to their amygdala. The amygdala is part of the limbic structure that is influenced by fear and aggression. Their experiments would consist of using electrical stimulation to the amygdala in seeing the different phases that fear and aggression. In their results Joseph (2002) states “If the stimulation continues the subject may begin to experience, wariness, fear and/or rage.” . In some cases subjects that receive the electrical stimuli would cause a dramatic change in patient expression and even experience uncontrollable rage that would get to the point of the...