What is psychopathy?

Psychopathy is a personality disorder signified by a pattern of lying, exploitation of others, recklessness, arrogance, sexual promiscuity, low self-control, and lack of empathy for others. Those with psychopathic traits may appear normal, thus increasing their ability to effectively prey on others. People with psychopathic traits often have a false belief in their own superiority, […]

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The Role of Positive Child-Parent Relationships in Children with Callous-Unemotional Traits

What might be an effective intervention approach with children who exhibit psychopathic-like features? Kochanska and colleagues (2013) have been focusing on callous-unemotional (CU) features, which include low levels of guilt and empathy, disregard for rules, shallow emotions, and fearlessness. CU features in children are predictive of several negative outcomes such as delinquency and externalizing behavior […]

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Impaired Integration: A New Theory of Psychopathy

Hamilton, Hiatt-Racer, and Newman (2015) developed a new theory of psychopathy by expanding on Baskin-Sommers et al.‘s attention bottleneck theory and Newman’s response modulation hypothesis, which are theories that predict that psychopathic traits are caused by attention processing deficits. The new theory is basically an expansion of these theories that takes into account all areas […]

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Volunteers Needed for Study of Survivors of Relationships with Psychopathic Individuals

Have you previously been in an intimate relationship with a psychopathic individual? We want to hear your story.  One of the goals of Carleton University’s Psychopathy Research Laboratory is to gain insight on the experiences of those who have survived intimate relationships with psychopathic individuals. To achieve this goal, we need your help. We will […]

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Ask the Expert: Q & A with Dr. Stephen Porter

Dr. Adelle Forth, Carleton University, sent several questions to Dr. Stephen Porter, University of British Columbia- Okanagan. He answered these questions (see below) with help from his graduate student, Pamela Black, with whom he has studied psychopathy and victim-spotting. What are the factors that make people more easily duped by psychopaths?  As part of the […]

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Volunteers Sought for Research Study

Hello. My name is Courtney Humeny and I am a PhD candidate in Cognitive Science at Carleton University. I am recruiting adult survivors of a heterosexual romantic relationship with a psychopathic individual to participate in an online study. Please see below. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at courtney_humeny@carleton.ca. […]

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