Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. Lester W. Wright Jr.

Second Advisor

Dr. Galen Alessi

Third Advisor

Dr. C. Richard Spates


This study examined the within and between group differences of individuals who scored low and high on measures of psychopathy during a computerized modified Stroop Color- Word Task (SC-WT). Participants were assigned to one of these two groups based on their scores on the Psychopathic Personality Inventory (Lilienfeld, 1990). Four categories of target words were used in the SC-WT. The categories were "psychopathic-related," "opposite of psychopathic," "masculine," and "neutral." Participants were 55 undergraduate men between the ages of 18 and 25-years-old at a large midwestern university. Individuals who scored high in psychopathy did not demonstrate significantly larger latencies to the psychopathic-related words during the Stroop Color-WordTask. Additionally, individuals who scored high in psychopathy did not make significantly more errors to the trials containing words that belong to the opposite of psychopathic category.


Fourth Advisor: Sean Laraway

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only