‘You can tell a victim by the tilt of her head as she walks’: psychopathic personality and social–emotional processing

Nathan Brooks*, Katarina Fritzon, Bruce Watt

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Abstract

Much contention and speculation exists regarding the emotional and social skills associated with psychopathic personality, including the idea of a predatory perception. The current study examined the relationship between psychopathic personality and social and emotional processing. The study utilised a quasi-experimental design along with self-report measures to examine psychopathy in a community sample (N = 115) of males and females. To examine psychopathy and social information processing, a series of Mixed Design ANOVA’s were conducted to examine the effect of psychopathy on character recall. Psychopathy was found to significantly predict recall of the unsuccessful character, however, did not predict recall of character gender or emotion. Two hierarchical regressions analyses were conducted to examine emotional intelligence and empathy. Psychopathy was found to be a significant negative predictor of empathy, however, did not significantly predict emotional intelligence. Implications for the current study lie within advancing the empirical understanding on psychopathic personality and victim vulnerability.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages21
JournalPsychiatry, Psychology and Law
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 May 2020

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