publication . Article . 2014

Neural correlates of moral and non-moral emotion in female psychopathy

Carla L Harenski; Bethany G Edwards; Keith A Harenski; Kent A Kiehl; Kent A Kiehl;
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  • Published: 25 Sep 2014 Journal: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, volume 8 (eissn: 1662-5161, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Frontiers Media SA
This study presents the first neuroimaging investigation of female psychopathy in an incarcerated population. Prior studies have found that male psychopathy is associated with reduced limbic and paralimbic activation when processing emotional stimuli and making moral judgments. The goal of this study was to investigate whether these findings extend to female psychopathy. During fMRI scanning, 157 incarcerated and 46 non-incarcerated female participants viewed unpleasant pictures, half which depicted moral transgressions, and neutral pictures. Participants rated each picture on moral transgression severity. Psychopathy was assessed using the Psychopathy Checklist...
Medical Subject Headings: humanities
free text keywords: Developmental psychology, Stimulus (physiology), Negative correlation, Amygdala, medicine.anatomical_structure, medicine, Psychology, Neuroimaging, Emotional stimuli, Psychopathy, medicine.disease, Population, education.field_of_study, education, Neural correlates of consciousness, Neuroscience, emotion, moral, fMRI, female, anterior cingulate, Original Research Article, Neurosciences. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry, RC321-571
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NIH| The Cognitive Neuroscience of Female Psychopathy
  • Funder: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Project Code: 5R01MH085010-05
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