Author: Eamon McCrory Date: 08 April 2013 Book chapter
Characterising affective vulnerabilities in children with different subtypes of antisocial behaviour
- Start date: 01 December 2009
- End date: 30 June 2013
This ESRC funded project focuses on brain differences associated with risk for antisocial behaviour. Recent research suggests that the amygdala is important for processing emotional cues. Both an under and over-reactive amygdala could make an individual more likely to engage in antisocial and aggressive behaviour.
We already know that the amygdala of children with callous-unemotional traits (eg lack of empathy) is under-active when they view pictures of other people looking fearful. This could mean that instead of their amygdala signaling that they are causing distress to someone else, it is 'telling' them nothing at all. Alternatively, it may mean that children with callous-unemotional traits are just not paying attention to relevant information in fearful faces, such as the eye region. It has also been speculated that children who engage in 'hot-headed' antisocial behaviour, but have the capacity to empathise, could suffer from an over-active amygdala that makes them vulnerable to react aggressively to anything they see as a threat. None of these speculations have been formally evaluated.
The current project aims to provide more information about the emotion processing profiles associated with different subtypes of children with antisocial behaviour.
- Outputs (10)
Author: C. L. Sebastian Date: 08 April 2013 Journal article
Author: Essi Viding Date: 08 April 2013 Review
Author: Essi Viding Date: 08 April 2013 Journal article
Author: Essi Viding Date: 26 March 2013 Journal article
Author: Catherine L. Sebastian Date: 31 August 2012 Journal article
Author: Eamon McCrory Date: 24 April 2012 Journal article
Author: Essi Viding Date: 24 April 2012 Journal article
Author: E. McCrory Date: 24 April 2012 Journal article
Author: Catherine Sebastian Date: 24 April 2012 Journal article