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dc.contributor.authorTanaka, Akihoen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T21:11:03Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T21:11:03Z
dc.date.issued2011-05-10en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-05132011-144038en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/37805
dc.description.abstractPsychopathy is a rare and unique disorder, primarily associated with an emotional deficiency and an inclination towards violent antisocial behavior. Among the various symptoms, the affective experience of the incapacity for love has received little empirical attention, despite having been established as one of Cleckleyâ s 16 classic characteristics. Moreover, the role of physiological responding in their romantic experiences has yet to be examined. The proposed study examined physiological reactivity (i.e., heart rate, HR; skin conductance, SC) as a mediator and moderator in the relationship between psychopathic features and romantic experiences (i.e., passionate love, companionate love, Ludus love, relationship satisfaction, relationship history) in college men. As hypothesized, physiological reactivity mediated and moderated the relationship between psychopathic features and romantic experiences. Specifically, low physiological arousal for the partner partially mediated the relationship between psychopathic features and passionate love. Also, it was found that the interaction between low physiological arousal for the significant other and high physiological arousal for the opposite-sex friend moderates the relationship between psychopathic features and deficient romantic experiences. By gaining a better understanding of the impact on their romantic experiences, this study is intended to contribute to improved identification and assessment of psychopathic men.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartTanaka_A_D_2011_f1.pdfen_US
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dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectpsychopathyen_US
dc.subjectromantic loveen_US
dc.subjectphysiological arousalen_US
dc.titlePsychopathy and Incapacity to Love: Role of Physiological Arousalen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentPsychologyen_US
thesis.degree.namePhDen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairScarpa-Friedman, Angelaen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHarrison, David W.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberKim-Spoon, Jungmeenen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWhite, Bradley A.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05132011-144038/en_US
dc.date.sdate2011-05-13en_US
dc.date.rdate2011-06-23
dc.date.adate2011-06-23en_US


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