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Psychopathy and the Perception of Affect and Vulnerability

Book, Angela S ; Quinsey, Vernon L ; Langford, Dale

Criminal Justice and Behavior, April 2007, Vol.34(4), pp.531-544 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Psychopathy and the Perception of Affect and Vulnerability
  • Author/Creator: Book, Angela S ; Quinsey, Vernon L ; Langford, Dale
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Psychopathy ; Emotion ; Callous Empathy ; Social Welfare & Social Work ; Psychology
  • Is Part Of: Criminal Justice and Behavior, April 2007, Vol.34(4), pp.531-544
  • Description: The relationship between psychopathic traits and the perception of nonverbal communication, including facial expressions and body language, is investigated. Participants include 59 prison inmates and 60 community members. Psychopathic traits among inmates are measured using the Psychopathy Checklist—Revised (PCL-R) and Levenson's Self Report Psychopathy Scale. Participants categorize the emotion of posed facial photographs and rate intensity of emotion. They view videotaped interactions of a confederate and a target individual and rate assertiveness using the Rathus Assertiveness Scale. There is a trend for the PCL-R to be positively correlated with the inmates' accuracy of emotional intensity ratings. Psychopathic traits are also positively associated with the accuracy of assertiveness ratings.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0093-8548 ; E-ISSN: 1552-3594 ; DOI: 10.1177/0093854806293554