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Understanding Other MindsPerspectives from developmental social neuroscience$
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Simon Baron-Cohen, Michael Lombardo, and Helen Tager-Flusberg

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199692972

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692972.001.0001

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Social cognition in individuals with psychopathic tendencies

Social cognition in individuals with psychopathic tendencies

(p.364) Chapter 20 Social cognition in individuals with psychopathic tendencies
Understanding Other Minds

James Blair

Stuart F. White

Oxford University Press

Psychopathy is a disorder marked by reduced empathy/ guild and an increased risk for antisocial behavior, particularly instrumental, goal-directed antisocial behavior. This chapter will consider the basis for the “empathy” deficit in psychopathy and show its selectivity for distress cues. Dysfunction in the amygdala’s response to distress cues will be stressed. Finally, the developmental result of this empathy deficit, a selective impairment in responding appropriately to care-based transgressions (actions that harm others) will be discussed.

Keywords:   Psychopathy, Amygdala, Empathy, Care-based transgressions

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