Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning Skills as Hidden Curriculum
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Learning the Hidden Curriculum

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Psychopathic Traits Seen in Children’s Brains

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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


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Holly 's curator insight, February 21, 2014 8:09 PM

This is an interesting report on current neuroscience research into the brains of children with conduct disorder. Children with Conduct Disorder (CD) often display "callous-unemotional traits", which means that they do not feel guilt or empathy towards other individuals. It is reported that children with CD have a suppressed response to others' pain. The brain scans performed on children with Conduct disorder and those without show a reduction in the brain activity of kids with conduct disorder when they view images of pain. This type of brain pattern appears to show a vulnerability to developing a psychopathy later on. 

It is important to note that these kids are not destined to psychopathy, but just show a vulnerability. The goal of this type of research is to help determine why these kids are vulnerable in hopes of being able to treat them more effectively. 

 

 

 

Angela Nielsen's curator insight, December 8, 2014 8:16 PM

This  article is in agreement with my personal theory that children exhibiting psychopathic traits early will often end up with adult substance abuse and potential violence problems. Our textbook shows data and research to back this theory up. (Meyers, 2014)