Theory of mind in the psychopath

Robert James Blair, C. Sellars, I. Strickland, F. Clark, A. Williams, M. Smith, L. Jones

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Abstract

This paper investigates the Theory of Mind ability of psychopaths. Happe's advanced test of Theory of Mind was presented to 25 psychopaths and 25 non-psychopathic incarcerated controls. The psychopaths and the non-psychopathic controls did not differ in their performance on this task. However, the psychopaths were performing significantly better than Happe's most highly able adult autistic population. It was therefore concluded that the psychopath does not have a Theory of Mind deficit. Speculations are made about the different developmental pathways of autism and psychopathy and the differences in the empathy deficit present in both these disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-25
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Forensic Psychiatry
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996

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Keywords

  • Autism
  • Empathy
  • Psychopath
  • Theory of mind

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Blair, R. J., Sellars, C., Strickland, I., Clark, F., Williams, A., Smith, M., & Jones, L. (1996). Theory of mind in the psychopath. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, 7(1), 15-25. https://doi.org/10.1080/09585189608409914

Theory of mind in the psychopath. / Blair, Robert James; Sellars, C.; Strickland, I.; Clark, F.; Williams, A.; Smith, M.; Jones, L.

In: Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, Vol. 7, No. 1, 01.01.1996, p. 15-25.

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Blair, RJ, Sellars, C, Strickland, I, Clark, F, Williams, A, Smith, M & Jones, L 1996, 'Theory of mind in the psychopath', Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 15-25. https://doi.org/10.1080/09585189608409914
Blair RJ, Sellars C, Strickland I, Clark F, Williams A, Smith M et al. Theory of mind in the psychopath. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry. 1996 Jan 1;7(1):15-25. https://doi.org/10.1080/09585189608409914
Blair, Robert James ; Sellars, C. ; Strickland, I. ; Clark, F. ; Williams, A. ; Smith, M. ; Jones, L. / Theory of mind in the psychopath. In: Journal of Forensic Psychiatry. 1996 ; Vol. 7, No. 1. pp. 15-25.
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