Analysis of the Behavior of Psychopaths

The authors cite different studies which point to the fact that the diminished moral processes among psychopaths are caused by diminished emotional processing. Based on the above premises and beliefs, this study seeks to answer the extent to which normal emotional regulation is necessary for making moral judgments. the extent to which systems that guide moral judgments dissociate from those that guide moral behavior. and whether or not there are parallels between psychopaths and VMPC patients in relation to deficits in socio-emotional processing and self-control. In reviewing the results from the different studies, the authors were able to cite one study which pointed out that possibly after a trauma to the frontal region, a patient presented with acquired sociopathy with noticeably aberrant behavior and higher levels of aggression. In another study, authors sought to use multiple psychophysiological measures in order to compare emotional responses to unpleasant and pleasant stimuli. In the process, they were able to conceptualize the idea that psychopaths have a marked lack of fear of aversive events. The results also indicate that a deficit in processing affective data among psychopaths also relates to a deficit in processing affective data, regardless of the stimuli being negative or positive.The research paradigm used by the authors was largely based on the concept of assessing psychopathy among respondents according to the Psychopathic Checklist-Revised test (PCL-R). According to such a test, the cut-off score of 26 indicated possible psychopathic tendencies among respondents. This study was carried out as quantitative research meant to gather information about a group of people and assess their tendencies and behavioral trends according to psychological standards of measure. It is a study meant to assess behavior and to translate such results into numerical figures which indicate logical conclusions.

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