Psychopathy Research

Latest research abstracts

Psychopathic Traits and Reactive and Instrumental Violence among Young Female Offenders

Introduction Despite the increased representation of female youth in the forensic system they are a strikingly under-studied population. To better understand this population 145 young female offenders who had committed a violent offense were assessed for psychopathic traits, specific motivations (instrumental vs. reactive) for the crime, and offense characteristics (such as information about their victims, […]

Read More →

People with Psychopathy Have Trouble with Emotional Empathy

Blair (2005) has stated that the empathy system is comprised of three main neural networks, which drive emotional empathy, cognitive empathy and motor empathy. The neural networks can work partially alone, but an empathic response typically involves all three neural networks working together. Emotional empathy is an emotional response to another person’s emotional gestures, vocal […]

Read More →

Inmates higher in interpersonal and affective traits of psychopathy use the way that people walk to identify vulnerable individuals

Non-verbal cues tell us much about a person, and individuals who are predatory, with psychopathic traits, may be especially good at reading them. This means that they might have a natural ability to read cues that are indicative of one’s vulnerability to victimization, which would help them identify their potential victims. Research has found that […]

Read More →

Criminals with psychopathy show impaired cognitive empathy

According to Brook and Kosson (2013), an empathic interaction between people is comprised of three different types of exchanges, emotional, motor and cognitive.  While the emotional and motor components of such an exchange allow individuals to share feelings and mirror each other’s movements at a subconscious level, the cognitive component of the exchange allows individuals […]

Read More →

Top