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Implicit affective associations to violence in psychopathic murderers

Snowden, Robert Jefferson, Gray, Nicola, Smith, Jennifer, Morris, Mark and MacCulloch, Malcolm 2004. Implicit affective associations to violence in psychopathic murderers. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology 15 (4) , pp. 620-641. 10.1080/14789940412331313377

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Social cognition about violence was assessed using both implicit and explicit measurements in a group of offenders who had committed murder and in a control group of offenders who had committed other crimes. On an implicit test of social cognition murderers with high psychopathy scores showed a reduced negative association to violence, whilst murderers with low psychopathy scores had an increased negative association to violence compared to the non-murderers (irrespective of their psychopathy score). No differences were found using explicit measurements. We suggest implicit measurements of social cognitions may prove a useful addition to explicit measurement in forensic situations, and shows potential as a future risk assessment tool.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: psychopathy; Implicit Association Test (IAT); social values; violence; morality; affect; Psychopathy Checklist-; Revised (PCL-R)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1478-9949
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:10

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