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How intelligent are psychopaths? Study examines the "Hannibal Lecter myth"

A new study makes a surprising finding on the intelligence of psychopaths, often portrayed as evil geniuses in popular culture.

We tend to think of psychopaths as dangerous, antisocial, lacking in key human emotions like empathy or remorse. Psychopaths can be obsessed evil tyrants like Hitler or cunning and monstrous like the fictional Hannibal Lecter. Now a new study casts a surprising look at psychopaths, finding that whatever qualities they might have, high intelligence is not one of them. In fact, psychopaths were found to be less intelligent than average people.

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