Kids At-Risk of Becoming Psychopaths
(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- According to a new study, the brains of children with conduct problems under-react to images of other people in pain. Researchers believe this atypical brain activity may be a neurobiological risk factor for psychopathy later in the children’s lives.
Researchers showed children with conduct problems pictures of people in pain while using a functional MRI to track the children’s brain activity. When looking at the images, the kids had less activity in the area of the brain associated with empathy than individuals in the control group. However, within the group of children with conduct problems, those considered to be more callous had even less activity in that area of the brain than the children dubbed to be ‘less callous.’
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SOURCE: Current Biology, May 2013
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