Clarifying the role of defensive reactivity deficits in psychopathy and antisocial personality using startle reflex methodology.

@article{Vaidyanathan2011ClarifyingTR,
  title={Clarifying the role of defensive reactivity deficits in psychopathy and antisocial personality using startle reflex methodology.},
  author={Uma Vaidyanathan and Jason R Hall and Christopher J. Patrick and Edward M. Bernat},
  journal={Journal of abnormal psychology},
  year={2011},
  volume={120 1},
  pages={253-8}
}
Prior research has demonstrated deficits in defensive reactivity (indexed by potentiation of the startle blink reflex) in psychopathic individuals. However, the basis of this association remains unclear, as diagnostic criteria for psychopathy encompass two distinct phenotypic components that may reflect differing neurobiological mechanisms-an affective-interpersonal component and an antisocial deviance component. Likewise, the role of defensive response deficits in antisocial personality… CONTINUE READING
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