Psychopathy and the ability to read the “language of the eyes”: Divergence in the psychopathy construct.

Psychopathy and the ability to read the “language of the eyes”: Divergence in the psychopathy construct. Psychopathy and the ability to read the “language of the eyes”: Divergence in the psychopathy construct.

The capacity to interpret others people’s behavior and mental states is a vital part of human social communication. This ability, also called mentalizing both “Theory of Mind (ToM), may also serve as a protective factor against aggression and antisocial behavior. This study investigates the relationship between two measures of psychopathy (clinical assessment and self-report) and the ability to identify mental states from photographs of the eye region. The participants in the study were 92 male inmates at Bergen prison, Norway. The results showed some discrepancy in the connection to assessment methodology. For the self-report (SRP-III), we found an overall negative association between mental states discrimination and psychopathy, while for the clinical instrument (PCL-R) the results were more m ixed. For Factor 1 psychopathic traits (interpersonal and affective), we found positive associations with discriminiation of neutral mental states, but not with the positive or negative mental states. Factor 2 traits (antisocial lifestyle) were found to be negatively associated with discrimination of mental states. The result from this study demonstrate a heterogeneity in the psychopathic construct where psychopathic traits related to an anitsocial and impulsive lifestyle are associated with a somewhat enhanced ability to recognize others’ emotional states.*

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Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 2014

Niklas Rottke

Hi! My name is Niklas, and i have joined this company in summer 2017 as an intern. Up to today i am continiously improving my skills in using the "Schneemann System" by annotating millions of pictures of human faces. If i am not annotating, i am probably writing some new articles here...

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