Maybe Andreas Lubitz had a sudden onset neurological disorder… #germanwings

The apparently suicidal crash of Germanwings flight 9525 has an explanation.  If copilot Andreas Lubitz intentionally destroyed the plane and its passengers he was motivated by something.  There is a good chance we’ll never know what.  Nonetheless we neuromoocers love to ask, “is there neurobiological explanation of this behavior?”

Who doesn’t love an afternoon of neurobiological speculation?

Amygdala

“…amygdaloid activation results in attacks directed at something real, or, in the absence of an actual stimulus, at something imaginary. There have been reported instances of patient’s suddenly lashing out and even attempting to attack those close by, while in the midst of a temporal lobe seizure (Saint-Hilaire et al., 1980), and/or attacking, kicking, and destroying furniture and other objects (Ashford et al., 1980).” Amygdala and Mass Murder – http://brainmind.com/Case5.html

… alternatively …

“Cerebral Vascular Disease A stroke or subarachnoid hemorrhage occasionally causes explosive rage either as the patient emerges from the coma or as a delayed phenomenon. In the present series it occurred in a man who had a subarachnoid hemorrhage accompanied by left hemiparesis, and in another man who had multiple transient ischemic attacks involving both the carotid and the vertebral basilar systems. The writer has also seen the reverse situation. A physician had been prone to severe temper outbursts throughout his life. He often assaulted his wife. He was hypertensive and diabetic and developed a mild hemiparesis as a result of a cerebral infarct. This incident increased his violence. One evening, however, he complained of unaccustomed dizziness and appeared a little confused and the next morning his wife noticed a striking change in his temperament. He had suddenly become benign and remained so for a year until his death from a myocardial infarction. During this period he never lost his temper and was kind and considerate; he was also rather irresponsible and facetious. Autopsy revealed so many small infarcts in both hemispheres and in the brain stem that it was impossible to draw any conclusions as to which was responsible for his change of behavior.” – Neurological Factors in Violent Behavior (The Dyscontrol Syndrome) – http://www.jaapl.org/content/4/4/297.full.pdf

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