The language of diagnosed psychopaths in prison for murder reflected their personalities: selfish, detached from their crimes and emotionally flat, according to research by Jeff Hancock of Cornell University and colleagues. The investigators used sophisticated computerized text analysis to measure word usage as psychopathic and non-psychopathic murderers described their crimes.
If you want to know more, the highly readable study is also available online. It contains a lot of great information.
Hungry like the wolf: A word-pattern analysis of the language of psychopaths, on OnlineLibrary.Wiley.com.
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