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All Tears Are Crocodile Tears: Impaired Perception of Emotion Authenticity in Psychopathic Traits

Dawel, Amy; Wright, Luke; Dumbleton, Rachael; McKone, Elinor


In everyday life, other peoples' distress is sometimes genuine (e.g., real sadness) and sometimes pretended (e.g., feigned sadness aimed at manipulating others). Here, we present the first study of how psychopathic traits affect responses to genuine versus posed distress. Using facial expression stimuli and testing individual differences across the general population (N = 140), we focus on the affective features of psychopathy (e.g., callousness, poor empathy, shallow affect). Results show that...[Show more]

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Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: Personality Disorders: Theory, Research and Treatment
DOI: 10.1037/per0000301
Access Rights: Open Access


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