Presentation Title

What are the Psychological and Neurocognitive Predictors of the Dark Triad Traits?

Faculty Mentor

Kimmy Kee-Rose, Ph. D.

Start Date

18-11-2017 11:30 AM

End Date

18-11-2017 11:45 AM

Location

15-1808

Session

Social Science 1

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

This study explores the psychological and neurological predictors of the three personality traits which compose the dark triad. Machiavellianism was predicted by impression management and self-control, and narcissism was predicted by self-deception. Yet none of the predictors included in the study were significant predictors of psychopathy. These findings provide new information about the origins of the dark triad traits, while still leaving some unanswered questions about the processes underlying psychopathy.

Summary of research results to be presented

Traits of Machiavellianism were regressed on the four predictors (self-deception, impression management, self-control, and inhibition), using a simultaneous procedure. The regression was significant, (F(4, 85) = 5.324, p = .001, and R2 = 0.20). Among the predictors, impression management (β = -0.511; t = -2.761, p = .007) and self-control (β = -0.211; t = -1.958, p = .05) were significant determinants of Machiavellianism traits. However, self-deception (β = 0.014; t = 0.652, p = n.s.) and inhibition (β = -0.001; t = -1.092, p = n.s.) did not emerge as significant predictors of Machiavellianism traits. Similarly, traits of narcissism were regressed on the four predictors (self-deception, impression management, self-control, and inhibition), using a simultaneous procedure. The regression was significant, F(4, 85) = 3.286, p = .015, and R2 = 0.134). Among the predictors, only self-deception was the strongest determinant of narcissism traits, β = 0.067; t = 3.443, p = .001. Impression management (β = -0.008; t = -0.466, p = n.s.), self-control (β = -0.03; t = -0.309, p = n.s.), and inhibition (β = -0.001; t = -1.213, p = n.s.) did not appear to be significant predictors of traits of narcissism. Lastly, traits of psychopathy were regressed on the four predictors (self-deception, impression management, self-control, and inhibition), using a simultaneous procedure. However, the regression was not statistically significant, (F(4, 85) = 1.471, p = n.s., and R2 = 0.065).

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Nov 18th, 11:30 AM Nov 18th, 11:45 AM

What are the Psychological and Neurocognitive Predictors of the Dark Triad Traits?

15-1808

This study explores the psychological and neurological predictors of the three personality traits which compose the dark triad. Machiavellianism was predicted by impression management and self-control, and narcissism was predicted by self-deception. Yet none of the predictors included in the study were significant predictors of psychopathy. These findings provide new information about the origins of the dark triad traits, while still leaving some unanswered questions about the processes underlying psychopathy.