A Correlation Between Primary Psychopathy And Cognitive Empathy

1685 WordsApr 8, 20157 Pages
PSYC 121: Introduction to Psychology 1 Is There a Correlation Between Primary Psychopathy, Secondary Psychopathy and Cognitive Empathy? Aisha Atherton 300335111 Tutor’s Name: Nick Allan Tuesday, 5.10-7pm, EA404A Abstract The point of this investigation was to determine if there is a relationship between the two subtypes of psychopathy and cognitive empathy. A correlation design was employed, in which Levenson, Kiehl and Fitzpatrick’s (1994) Levenson Self-Report Psychopathy Scale and Baron-Cohel, et al’s (2002) Reading the Mind in the Eyes tests were given to 452 Victoria University Psychology students. Calculations were made, and resulted in the results to being a significant, negative correlation between primary psychopathy and cognitive empathy, but no significant correlation between secondary psychopathy and cognitive empathy. This concludes that not all psychopathy is correlated with cognitive empathy, but there is a relationship. Is There a Correlation Between Primary Psychopathy, Secondary Psychopathy and Cognitive Empathy? Many studies have been conducted to determine if there is a correlation between Cognitive Empathy and the two subtypes of Psychopathy (e.g. Ali & Chamorro-Premuzic, 2010; Levenson, Kiehl, & Fitzpatrick, 1994; Baron-Cohen, et al., 2002). Cognitive empathy is defined as the capability to understand the emotions of another (Ali & Chamorro-Premuzic, 2010). Psychopathy is defined as an individual who shows traits of
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