Monday, February 15, 2010

Psychopathy, guilt and responsibility

One of the main features about psychopathy is that people feel little sense of responsibility for, or guilt about, their actions. Researchers, led by Amy Batson from the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, looked into these issues in a sample of 67 men held at six medium-secure units in the South-East of England. There was found to be a 'significant positive correlation' between psychopathy and blaming other people but there was no link between pscyhopathy and people's feelings of guilt.

Batson, Amy, Gudjonsson, Gisli, and Gray, Jacqueline - Attribution of blame for criminl acts and its relationship with pschopathy as measured by the Hare Psychopathic checklist (PCL-SV)

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