Psychopathy, Affect and Behavior

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Psychopathy is a socially devastating personality disorder defined by a constellation of affective, interpersonal, and behavioral characteristics, including egocentricity, manipulativeness, deceitfulness, lack of empathy, guilt or remorse, and a propensity to violate social and legal expectations and norms (Cleckley, 1976; Hare, 1995, 1996). In this chapter I selectively review recent research on the role played by emotional processes in the disorder. Because some of the most illuminating insights into the emotional life of psychopaths are provided by close scrutiny of their psycholinguistic processes, I emphasize work that has implications for understanding the complex interplay of the psychopath’s language, affect, and predatory behavior.


Lexical Decision Lexical Decision Task Skin Conductance Emotional Word Electrodermal Response 
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