Psychopathic Traits Seen in Children’s Brains

Brain patterns could warn of vulnerability to psychopathy.

 

Children with severe behavioral problems have a suppressed response to others’ pain, according to new brain-scan research.

 

Researchers examined brain scans of kids with conduct disorder, which is marked by aggression, cruelty to others and anti-social behavior. Some kids with conduct disorder also display what psychologists call “callous-unemotional traits,” which means they lack guilt and empathy.

 

Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer