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Psychopathy Research Lab

Joseph Newman
Ph.D. 1979, Indiana University

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I am studying the psychological processes that contribute to the dysregulation of behavior, emotion, and cognition. Most of this research has focused on syndromes of disinhibition such as psychopathy (antisocial personality disorder), conduct disorder, aggression, and impulsivity. However, our group is also interested in studying how emotionality short-circuits cognitive processing and engenders dysregulation in people with high anxiety.


Dvorak-Bertsch, J. D., Curtin, J. J., Rubinstein, T. J., & Newman, J. P. (2007). Anxiety moderates the interplay between cognitive and affective processing, Psychological Science, 18, 699-705

Vitale, J. E., Brinkley, C. A., Hiatt, K. D., & Newman, J. P. (2007). Abnormal selective attention in psychopathic female offenders. Neuropsychology, 21(3), 301-312.

Neumann, C. S., Hare, R. D., & Newman, J. P. (2007). The super-ordinate nature of psychopathy. Journal of Personality Disorders, 21, 102-117.

Newman, J. P., Brinkley, C. A.,Lorenz, A. R., Hiatt, K. D., & MacCoon, D. G. (2007). Psychopathy as Psychopathology: Beyond the Clinical Utility of the Psychopathy Checklist–Revised. In H. Herve & J.C. Yuille (Eds.). The Psychopath: Theory, Research, and Practice, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, NJ. (pp. 173-206).  

Wallace, J. F., & Newman, J. P. (2006).  Reinforcement sensitivity theory and psychopathy:  Associations between psychopathy and the behavioral activation and inhibition systems. In P. J. Corr (Ed.), Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory of Personality, Cambridge University Press.

Newman, J.P., MacCoon, D.G., Vaughan, L.J., and Sadeh, N. (2005). Validating a distinction between primary and secondary psychopathy with measures of Gray's (1987). Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 114, 319-323.

Hiatt, K. D., Schmitt, W. A., & Newman, J. P. (2004). Stroop tasks reveal abnormal selective attention in psychopathic offenders, Neuropsychology, 18(1), 50–59.

Brinkley, C. A., Newman, J. P., Widiger, T. A., & Lynam, D. R. (2004). Two approaches to parsing the heterogeneity of psychopathy. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 11, 69-94.

MacCoon, D. G., Wallace, J. F., & Newman, J. P. (2004). Self-regulation: the context-appropriate allocation of attentional capacity to dominant and non-dominant cues. In R. F. Baumeister & K. D. Vohs, (Eds.), Handbook of Self-Regulation: Research, Theory, and Applications. New York: Guilford (pp. 422-446).

Newman, J. P., & Lorenz, A. R. (2003). Response modulation and emotion processing: Implications for psychopathy and other dysregulatory psychopathology. In R. J. Davidson, K. Scherer, & H. H. Goldsmith (Eds.), Handbook of Affective Sciences, Oxford University Press (pp. 904-929).

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