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Forensic psychology: Violence viewed by psychopathic murderers

Gray, Nicola Susan, MacCulloch, Malcolm J., Smith, Jennifer, Morris, Mark and Snowden, Robert Jefferson 2003. Forensic psychology: Violence viewed by psychopathic murderers. Nature 423 (6939) , pp. 497-498. 10.1038/423497a

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Psychopathic murderers are often portrayed as cold-blooded, emotionless and lacking in remorse, but they are also adept at lying and at feigning the emotions in which they are deficient. Here we adapt a test known as the Implicit Association Test (IAT), which was previously used to assess concealed prejudices, to show that psychopathic murderers have abnormal cognitive associations regarding violence, which may underpin their actions. Such implicit measures may provide us with an important insight into the criminal mind.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 0028-0836
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:50

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