The effect of psychopathy, empathy and gender on gaze patterns

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Christopher C. Spencer (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
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Leonardo Bobadilla

Abstract: Previous research shows that adolescent males high in callous-unemotional (CU) traits have aberrant gaze-patterns when viewing fearful stimuli. This study sought to extend and replicate previous findings, to see if the affective deficits (i.e., CU traits) of psychopathy have a similar relationship to gaze patterns in a non-clinical population. Participants were given self-report measures of psychopathy and empathy and shown norm rated stimuli from the International Affective Picture System (IAPS) while gazepatterns were recorded. Results show the only significant relationship between psychopathy, empathy and gaze-patterns was for the impulsive factor of psychopathy in males.

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Language: English
Date: 2013
Empathy, Eye-tracking, Gender differences, Psychopathy
Gaze -- Psychological aspects
Gaze -- Psychological aspects -- Sex differences
Antisocial personality disorders

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