Hungry like the wolf: A word‐pattern analysis of the language of psychopaths

  title={Hungry like the wolf: A word‐pattern analysis of the language of psychopaths},
  author={J. Hancock and M. Woodworth and S. Porter},
  journal={Legal and Criminological Psychology},
  • J. Hancock, M. Woodworth, S. Porter
  • Published 2013
  • Psychology
  • Legal and Criminological Psychology
  • Purpose. This study used statistical text analysis to examine the features of crime narratives provided by psychopathic homicide offenders. Psychopathic speech was predictedtoreflectaninstrumental/predatoryworldview,uniquesocioemotionalneeds, and a poverty of affect. Methods. Two text analysis tools were used to examine the crime narratives of 14 psychopathicand38non-psychopathichomicideoffenders.Psychopathywasdetermined using the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R). The Wmatrix linguistic… CONTINUE READING
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