As we all know, from Twitter, Facebook and every other social media, O.J. Simpson, former NFL player, is being paroled after serving less than half of his sentence. Simpson was convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping in 2008 and sentenced to 33 years in prison. Prior to this incident, he was also accused and acquitted in the infamous murder trial of 1995. O.J. Simpson boasts an extensive criminal history from a typical road rage incident to double homicide. Are these incidents reminiscent of the behavior of a psychopath or that of a brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy?
What is CTE?
In case you didn’t see the 2015 film “Concussion”, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, is a degenerative brain disease caused by repetitive brain trauma. CTE is common amongst professional football players and it’s imperative to remember that O.J. Simpson played for the NFL for 11 years. CTE causes feelings of aggression, paranoia, and depression due to a protein build up in the brain. The brain atrophies in some areas and swells in others as the protein clumps and kills brain cells. Football players suffer many concussions throughout their career, but it’s the minor concussions, the sub-concussive impacts, which attribute to CTE as well. CTE was only diagnosable after an autopsy of the brain until last year. A UCLA doctors used a new MRI software to compare a PET scan and MRI of football players to find CTE pathology.
O.J. Simpson most certainly displayed aggressive and paranoid behavior.
How do we conclude a person is a psychopath?
A study conducted by James Fallon, a UC Irvine School of Medicine neuroscientist, revealed his own brain scans from a PET scan to show he exhibited the reduced brain activity known to be indicative of a psychopath’s mind. MRIs can also be used to analyze matter in the brain to determine psychopathy. In this picture, you can see that the Jim’s(James) mind is significantly lacking brain activity in the orbital complex, a center of the brain that assists in regulating emotion and morals. Interestingly enough, Fallon is related to Lizzie Borden, who was acquitted for the murders of her parents.
So, is O.J. Simpson actually a CTE victim? MRI holds the answers:
While we cannot provide the answer to whether O.J. Simpson is a psychopath or CTE victim, MRIs can. With the use of the newest MRI technology, we wouldn’t have to wait for O.J. to die to find out if he has CTE. Now we just have to wait for O.J. to release his medical records to the public. It probably won’t be a long wait for either. He could get evaluated for psychopathy whenever he desires, to me and you that kind of sounds like one of the more riveting doctor’s appointments of a lifetime.