Monthly Archives: January 2012

Juror Psychology–Can juries ignore inadmissible evidence or pretrial publicity?

Answer: prob­a­bly not. Superb chap­ter by Lieberman, Arndt, & Vess: “Inadmissible evi­dence and pre­trial pub­lic­ity: The effects (and inef­fec­tive­ness) of admo­ni­tions to dis­re­gard.” You “can­not unring the bell” as one judge put it. The last 30 years of social cog­ni­tive psy­chol­ogy, start­ing with the work of Tversky and Kahneman, up to the most recent work […]

Psychopathic sexuality– a component of psychopathy?

There has been a run­ning debate over the past 18 years as to whether psy­choapthy is a “taxon”;  “an entity, type, syn­drome, dis­ease, or more gen­er­ally, a nonar­bi­trary class.” The con­cept goes back to Paul Meehl (1982; 1995) who laid out the impor­tance of the con­cept for clas­si­fy­ing psy­chopathol­ogy. Harris, Rice and Quinsey (1994) argued that psy­chopa­thy is a taxon, […]

New Developments in Psychopathy

Jennifer Skeem and her col­leagues have chal­lenged the sta­tus quo in recent con­tro­verises con­cern­ing the def­i­n­i­tion and mea­sure­ment of psy­chopa­thy. Is psy­chopa­thy a uni­tary entity (a global syn­drome with a dis­crete under­ly­ing cause) or rather is it a con­fig­u­ra­tion of sev­eral dis­tin­guish­able but inter­sect­ing trait dimen­sions? Is psy­chopa­thy syn­ony­mous with crim­i­nal behav­ior? Is there a positive-adjustment type of […]