The Association Between Cognitive Empathy And Primary And Secondary Psychopathy

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PSYC121: Introduction to Psychology 1

The Association Between Cognitive Empathy and Primary and Secondary Psychopathy

Tuaraki Peita
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Tutor’s Name: Jacinta Cording
Wednesday, 5:10-7pm, EA404B
Abstract
This study investigated the association between psychopathy (primary and secondary) and cognitive empathy among 452 first-year psychology university students. A correlational design was used where the Reading the Mind in the Eyes test (Baron-Cohen, 2001, cited in Richell et. al., 2003) and the Self-Report Psychopathy Scales (Levenson et. al. 1995) were delivered online to each participant individually. Raw responses were totalled to achieve a total score for each predictor variable where means and standard deviations were then calculated. We found Primary psychopathy was negatively correlated with cognitive empathy whereas we found no significant correlation between secondary psychopathy and cognitive empathy.

The Association Between Cognitive Empathy and Primary and Secondary Psychopathy
A number of studies have examined the relationship between Cognitive Empathy and Primary and Secondary Psychopathy (e.g Levenson et. al., 1995; Richell et. al., 2003; Ali & Chamorro-Premuzic, 2010). Affective Empathy is described as the ability to feel other individual’s emotions whereas Cognitive Empathy is described as being able to infer individual’s mental states (Jolliffe & Farrington, 2004, cited in Ali & Chamorro-Premuzic). According to Richell et. al.
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