Psychopathy, attention and emotion

R. J.R. Blair, D. G.V. Mitchell

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Psychopathy is a developmental disorder marked by emotional hypo-responsiveness and an increased risk for antisocial behavior. Influential attention-based accounts of psychopathy have long been made; however, these accounts have made relatively little reference to general models of attention in healthy individuals. This review has three aims: (1) to summarize current cognitive neuroscience data on differing attentional systems; (2) to examine the functional integrity of these attentional systems in individuals with psychopathy; and (3) to consider the implications of these data for attention and emotion dysfunction accounts of psychopathy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)543-555
Number of pages13
JournalPsychological medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Antisocial behaviour
  • Biased competition model
  • Callous-unemotional traits
  • Emotional attention
  • Psychopathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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