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Psychopathy: A personality disorder of emotions Seminar

12:30 - 13:30
14 January 2016
University of Southampton, Highfield Campus, Building 44 (Shackleton), Room 3031/3033

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Sue McNally on 02380 595150 or email .

Event details

People with psychopathy are charming, yet cold and manipulative. Their callous use of other people for their own gain might stem from their general lack of feelings. Likewise, research suggests they experience difficulties in "reading" other people emotions, either from faces or from body postures. However, some argue that people with psychopathy and psychopathic traits experience problems reading emotions because of attentional difficulties. The crux of the argument pivots on whether psychopathic traits are related to emotional deficits, attentional deficits, or both, and whether these deficits explain their antisocial behaviour. I will present research that shows the extent of the emotional deficits we observe in people with psychopathic traits (mainly children) and evidence for attention deficits, in addition to recent research on modifying attention and emotion, to examine the impact of possible treatments on psychopathy.

Speaker information

Dr Luna Centifanti, Durham University. Formerly Luna C. Muñoz, I'm an American ex-pat living in Europe since 2005. I got a Bachelor's degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook and then received my MSc from Pennsylvania State University. I went down to New Orleans to work with Professor Paul Frick and received my PhD in 2005. After a two-year post-doc in Sweden (at the Center for Developmental Research – Örebro University), I worked as a Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK. I came to Durham as a Lecturer in 2011.

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