- Psychopathy and the detection of concealed information
- Book title
- Memory Detection: Theory and application of the concealed information test
- Pages (from-to)
- Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Psychology Research Institute (PsyRes)
The most common application of concealed information detection is crime knowledge
assessment in crime suspects. The validity of this application has mainly been investigated in
healthy subjects. Criminals may differ in important aspects from healthy subjects.
Psychopathy, for example, is quite common among criminal populations. Psychopathy is
characterized by affective-interpersonal (e.g., shallow affect) and behavioural-lifestyle (e.g.,
impulsivity) features. The latter is associated with physiological hyporesponsivity, and could
threaten the validity of concealed information detection. I will review empirical research that
has examined this possibility. Directions for future research will be discussed.