Can psychopathic offenders discern moral wrongs? A new look at the moral/conventional distinction.

  title={Can psychopathic offenders discern moral wrongs? A new look at the moral/conventional distinction.},
  author={Eyal Aharoni and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Kent A. Kiehl},
  journal={Journal of abnormal psychology},
  volume={121 2},
A prominent view of psychopathic moral reasoning suggests that psychopathic individuals cannot properly distinguish between moral wrongs and other types of wrongs. The present study evaluated this view by examining the extent to which 109 incarcerated offenders with varying degrees of psychopathy could distinguish between moral and conventional transgressions relative to each other and to nonincarcerated healthy controls. Using a modified version of the classic Moral/Conventional Transgressions… CONTINUE READING
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