Why psychopaths are good liars

Psychopaths may be excellent liars, say neuropsychologists, but they aren’t necessarily born that way.

Instead, people with high psychopathic traits are simply better at learning how to lie than the rest of us, their research shows.

Their study employed a longitudinal design involving people with varying levels of psychopathy.

All participants performed a directed lie task on face familiarity judgement, which was modified to delineate the cue and response-related lying signals before and after training.

The researchers found that after practising the task, psychopaths were able to lie