Response-specific scalp distributions in deception detection and ERP correlates of psychopathic personality traits

Antoinette R. Miller, J. Peter Rosenfeld*

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University students were screened using items from the Psychopathic Personality Inventory and divided into high (n=13) and low (n=11) Psychopathic Personality Trait (PPT) groups. The P300 component of the event-related potential (ERP) was recorded as each group completed a two-block autobiographical oddball task, responding honestly during the first (Phone) block, in which oddball items were participants' home phone numbers, and then feigning amnesia in response to approximately 50% of items in the second (Birthday) block in which oddball items were participants' birthdates. Bootstrapping of peak-to-peak amplitudes correctly identified 100% of low PPT and 92% of high PPT participants as having intact recognition. Both groups, demonstrated malingering-related P300 amplitude reduction. For the first time, P300 amplitude and topography differences were observed between honest and deceptive responses to Birthday items. No main between-group P300 effects resulted. Post-hoc analysis revealed between-group differences in a frontally located post-P300 component. Honest responses were associated with late frontal amplitudes larger than deceptive responses at frontal sites in the low PPT group only.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-26
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Psychophysiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 3 2004


  • Amnesia
  • Malingering
  • P300
  • Psychopathic personality traits

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology


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