Brain scans can identify psychopaths even in childhood because they have no empathy when seeing people in pain

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Children who were aggressive or cruel had reduced brain activity in response to images of others in pain

Brain scans can be used to identify children who may be potential psychopaths, new research has shown.

Scientists have found that certain areas of a psychopath’s brain showed a reduced activity in response to images of others in pain.

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The regions affected are those known to play a role in empathy, the ability to relate to other people’s feelings.

Scientists say the patterns could act as a marker to single out children at a risk of becoming adult psychopaths.

A total of 55 boys aged 10 to 16 were assessed in the study.

Of these, 37 met the criteria for children with ‘conduct problems’ (CP) according to questionnaire answers provided by parents and teachers.

CP children display a plethora of antisocial traits including aggression and dishonesty.

Like the central character in Lionel Shriver’s novel…

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2 thoughts on “Brain scans can identify psychopaths even in childhood because they have no empathy when seeing people in pain

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    May 3, 2013 at 8:22 am

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    May 5, 2013 at 12:50 pm

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