Psychopathic traits and preattentive threat processing in children: a novel test of the fearlessness hypothesis.

@article{Sylvers2011PsychopathicTA,
  title={Psychopathic traits and preattentive threat processing in children: a novel test of the fearlessness hypothesis.},
  author={Patrick D Sylvers and Patricia A. Brennan and Scott O. Lilienfeld},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2011},
  volume={22 10},
  pages={1280-7}
}
We tested the fearlessness hypothesis of psychopathy in an at-risk sample of 88 preadolescent children. Psychopathy was measured using combined child- and parent-reported scores on the Antisocial Process Screening Device (APSD). Using a continuous-flash-suppression paradigm, we evaluated threat processing at the preattentive level for the first time in a study of psychopathy. Scores for the APSD Callous/Unemotional factor, which assesses the core affective deficits of psychopathy, predicted… CONTINUE READING
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