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How psychopaths use language to describe murder

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.

Psychopathic killers: Computerized text analysis uncovers the word patterns of a predator, on ScienceDaily.com.

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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  1. onmyown says:

    Going off topic here for a minute to post a link to the story of a Michigan doctor who intentionally misdiagnosed patients with cancer in order to personally profit from the treatments. He had $14 million in liquid assets at the time of his arrest. He got caught because he billed Medicare $25 million in a two-year period.

    “The complaint further alleges that Dr. Fata directed the administration of unnecessary chemotherapy to patients in remission; deliberate misdiagnosis of patients as having cancer to justify unnecessary cancer treatment; administration of chemotherapy to end-of-life patients who will not benefit from the treatment; deliberate misdiagnosis of patients without cancer to justify expensive testing; fabrication of other diagnoses such as anemia and fatigue to justify unnecessary hematology treatments, and distribution of controlled substances to patients without medical necessity or are administered at dangerous levels.”

    http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/08/06/michigan-doc-arrested-charged-with-faking-cancer-treatments/



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  2. Onmyown – thank you so much for posting the link. The doctor’s behavior is despicable.



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