Budding Psychopaths Show Little Remorse For Others Pain
Scientists say brain scans can be used to identify children with psychopathic tendencies. Certain areas of the brain related to empathy show a lower response in a psychopath's brain. Mapping these patterns in a brain scan could help identify children with the same tendencies.
"Our findings indicate that children with conduct problems have an atypical brain response to seeing other people in pain. It is important to view these findings as an indicator of early vulnerability, rather than biological destiny," psychology Professor Essi Viding from University College London told NBCNews.
Empathy is the ability to relate to other people's feelings, including pain and sadness. Other studies have found that adult psychopaths tend to have little response when shown pictures of other people in pain.
The study was conducted by a group of researchers and published in the journal Current Biology. Researchers took a sample of 55 boys aged between 10 and 16 years. About 37 of these boys had been known to to behavioral or conduct issues such as harming others and being uncaring. Another 18 boys were not known to have these attitudes.
The children were then shown nearly 200 images of people either in a lot of pain, a little pain or in no pain at all. A functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging system (MRI) took brains scans of the children. The children with conduct issues showed a lower response to seeing the pictures of pain than did the children in the control group, according to the study.
However, scientists say the research is still a long way from conclusive and is not meant to single out children. They hope the study can identify those with such behavioral traits early and provide some sort of treatment therapy.
"Research clearly shows that not all children with conduct problems are alike. It may sound more politically correct not to acknowledge that, but ultimately that stance is not going to be helpful for the children and their families. In my own experience, parents of children with conduct problems and callous traits are often desperate for help," Viding added.
New Study Shows Psychopaths Have Below Average Intelligence Contrary To Popular Belief
There have been recent studies claiming that psychopaths are not of high intelligence, at least not all of them are.
New Ultrasound Technology Could Be Used To Treat Parkinson's Tremors
Essential tremor is often experienced by Parkinson's disease patients and other debilitating illnesses which causes uncontrollable shaking. Doctors usually prescribe medication to tremor patients, but surgery may be needed if the case is sever. This new treatment does not require surgery.
Dogs Learn Speech The Same Way Humans Do After Brain Scan, Scientists Discover
Dogs learn speech like humans after volunteering for an MRI. Scientists were excited to share about their newest discovery.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
The Razer Blade Stealth Will Make MacBook Pro Owners Jealous
The Razer Blade Stealth is arguably better than the MacBook Pro and this may just make people suffer from buyer's regret.
'Tokyo Ghoul' Season 3 Delayed By Its Live-Action Movie? Ken Kenaki Returns With Another Identity?
"Tokyo Ghoul" season 3's release is delayed and there are countless speculations as to why it is being pushed back. Reports claim that the show is to give way to "One Punch Man" and "My Hero Acdemia" but new rumors say that it's lack of materials and storyline as well as its live-action movie are causing the delay.
'Grand Theft Auto V' Details June 'Gunrunning' Update For 'GTA Online'
"Grand Theft Auto V" is set to receive the "Gunrunning" update for "GTA Online," says Rockstar Games.
'Steven Universe' Season 5 Two-Hour Opening Special To See Steven Go Into Trial Before The Diamonds
"Steven Universe" Season 5 is about to kick off with its two-hour special opener and its new trailer reveals that the boy wonder is about to face the Diamonds in a trial. Steven and Lars will need to work together to escape from Homeworld, but will Steven Earth friend muster his courage to help him escape?