Logan Paul: The Brain & Empathy Connection
YouTube superstar, Logan Paul is no stranger to controversy. Logan Paul has claimed he lacks empathy and feels motivated by his fans to only increase risk taking behavior.
Logan Paul made headlines last year for posting on his channel a dead body found in Japan’s sacred suicide forest. He has also insulted the LBGTQ community by offering to “go gay” for a month, and he is constantly pulling stunts and making bad choices that are filmed for his millions of fans.
But why does he constantly opt for the wrong options? Why was he considered the most hated celebrity of 2018?
To help find answers, Logan Paul visited Amen Clinics, which is among the world leaders in applying brain imaging science to help people who struggle with emotional issues, behavioral challenges, cognitive problems and learning challenges such as ADD.
SPECT Imaging Reveals Brain Damage
Logan Paul went to visit double board certified psychiatrist Daniel G. Amen, MD to find out why he acts inappropriately and seemingly without empathy. Dr. Amen scanned Logan’s brain with a study called single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), which maps blood flow in the brain. They discovered he has low blood flow and abnormal activity in key areas of his prefrontal cortex that rule the “human” part of being human. Dr. Amen knows that Logan’s history of repetitive head trauma from football combined with a trampoline accident where he fractured his skull is the main reason behind his bad decisions. Logan’s very significant injury shows trouble with empathy among other problems.
Dr. Amen explained to Logan the long-term problems he faces if he does not follow treatment for healing this brain injury.
“You hurt [the prefrontal cortex], which means you’re gonna have trouble with focus and forethought, and follow through, and organization, planning, and empathy, so for relationships, and learning from the mistakes you’ve made… If we don’t fix this, no matter how successful you are, you’re not going to make the decisions you need to move your life in the direction you want… Living the rest of your life with this brain is not going to be a lot of fun, for you for the people who love you. Because you’re gonna have trouble connecting. ”
Logan Paul’s Treatment for Prefrontal Cortex Brain Damage
But, luckily for Logan, his brain can be helped with the treatment plan laid out. Dr. Amen determined his treatment should include targeted supplements for supporting brain health and 80 1-hour sessions in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber.
Logan Paul and Dr. Amen just might be the reason young men and women will start seeking help for their difficult behaviors that damage their work, relationships, and overall happiness.