Brain Regions for Empathy Less Active in Youths with Psychopathic Traits – Georgetown University

WITH CONDUCT problems and psychopathic traits such as callousness and remorselessness show less activity in the regions of the brain associated with empathy, according to a new study led by a Georgetown psychology professor.


Abigail Marsh, working with colleagues from the National Institutes of Health, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and three other academics, recently published her research in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Study: Empathic responsiveness in amygdala and anterior cingulate cortex in youths with psychopathic traits.

Marsh AA, Finger EC, Fowler KA, Adalio CJ, Jurkowitz IT, Schechter JC, Pine DS, Decety J, Blair RJ.