An Investigation Of The Correlation Between Psychopathy Subtypes And Cognitive Empathy

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PSYC121: Introduction to Psychology 1 An Investigation of the Correlation Between Psychopathy Subtypes and Cognitive Empathy Name: Caitlin Sinclair ID: 300306538 Tutor: Lynley McLay Lab Time: Tuesday 3.10-5pm, 404A Abstract This investigation aimed to determine whether or not primary psychopathy and diminished cognitive empathy, and secondary psychopathy and diminished cognitive empathy are correlated. A correlational design, in which 452 participants from the PSYC121 class were administered Levenson, Kiehl & Fitzpatrick’s (1995) Self-Report Psychopathy Scale (LSRP) and Baron-Cohen, Wheelwright, & Jolliffe’s (1997) Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test (RMET), was employed. Results indicated a significant negative correlation between primary psychopathy and diminished cognitive empathy, however secondary psychopathy and diminished cognitive empathy were not significantly correlated. It was concluded that there is a significant difference between primary and secondary psychopathy. An Investigation of the Correlation Between Psychopathy Subtypes and Cognitive Empathy Several studies have investigated psychopathy subtypes and cognitive empathy (Levenson, Kiehl & Fitzpatrick, 1995; Ali & Chamorro-Premuzic, 2010; Richell et al., 2003). Psychopathy can be split into two subtypes, primary and secondary. Both are associated with hostility, impulsivity, and aggression, however the secondary subtype also presents towards social anxiety, introversion, moodiness,
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