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The Role of Positive Child-Parent Relationships in Children with Callous-Unemotional Traits

What might be an effective intervention approach with children who exhibit psychopathic-like features? Kochanska and colleagues (2013) have been focusing on callous-unemotional (CU) features, which include low levels of guilt and empathy, disregard for rules, shallow emotions, and fearlessness. CU features in children are predictive of several negative outcomes such as delinquency and externalizing behavior […]

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Impaired Integration: A New Theory of Psychopathy

Hamilton, Hiatt-Racer, and Newman (2015) developed a new theory of psychopathy by expanding on Baskin-Sommers et al.‘s attention bottleneck theory and Newman’s response modulation hypothesis, which are theories that predict that psychopathic traits are caused by attention processing deficits. The new theory is basically an expansion of these theories that takes into account all areas […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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