Inside the psychopathic mind : social cognition, emotional experience, and affect regulation in psychopathy

L. Nentjes

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Psychopathy is a serious mental disorder that is thought to stem from emotional disorders. This dissertation exposes the nature of these emotional deficits in more detail. The findings reveal, among other things, that psychopathy is associated with reduced sensitivity to physiological signals that play a role in how emotions are perceived by the body. Interestingly, people with psychopathy do not experience limited emotional capabilities, such as interpreting the thoughts and emotions of others on a rational level or the ability to communicate emotions through facial expressions. These findings provide further opportunities for treating this complex disorder.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Bernstein, David, Supervisor
  • Arntz, Arnoud, Supervisor
  • Cima, M.J., Co-Supervisor, External person
Award date22 Jun 2015
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789462597303
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • psychopathy
  • emotion

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