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dc.contributor.advisorStanford, Matthew S.
dc.contributor.authorAnderson, Nathaniel Erik.
dc.contributor.otherBaylor University. Dept. of Psychology and Neuroscience.en
dc.date.accessioned2009-08-26T10:42:20Z
dc.date.available2009-08-26T10:42:20Z
dc.date.copyright2009-08
dc.date.issued2009-08-26T10:42:20Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2104/5403
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (p. 84-97).en
dc.description.abstractWhile there has been steady progress in identifying psychophysiological traits associated with psychopathy, most of the research has been carried out using incarcerated male participants. It is not presently clear whether recent reports of attenuated P3 amplitudes are representative of psychopathy per se, or a characteristic related to secondary traits such as antisocial behavior or externalizing vulnerability. This study examined both affective startle blink modulation and P3 amplitudes in a sample of female undergraduates grouped by scores on the Psychopathic Personality Inventory. Those who demonstrated high levels of psychopathic traits lacked significant affective modulation of the startle response. Furthermore, this group showed significantly larger P3 amplitudes than those with low levels of psychopathic traits. This data supports the generalizability of deficient startle potentiation to a non-incarcerated psychopathic female population, and supports theories suggesting that primary psychopaths may show increased P3 amplitudes as an indicator of certain information processing proficiencies.en
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Nathaniel Erik Anderson.en
dc.format.extentix, 97 p. : ill.en
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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.rightsBaylor University theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact librarywebmaster@baylor.edu for inquiries about permission.en
dc.subjectAntisocial personality disorder -- Testing.en
dc.subjectPsychology, Pathological - Case studies.en
dc.subjectWomen college students -- Psychological testing.en
dc.subjectPsychophysiology - Case studies.en
dc.subjectEvoked potentials (Electrophysiology) - Case studies.en
dc.titlePsychophysiological evidence of psychopathy as a normal range personality construct in a university sample of females.en
dc.typeThesisen
dc.description.degreeM.A.en
dc.rights.accessrightsWorldwide access.en
dc.rights.accessrightsAccess changed 10-31-11.
dc.contributor.departmentPsychology and Neuroscience.en


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