Imaging studies link teenage conduct disorder to brain structure

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 04 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2132
  1. Geoff Watts
  1. 1London

Brain scans of teenage boys have shown the existence of anatomical differences between those with and without conduct disorder, in a study carried out by neuroscientists at the University of Cambridge and elsewhere.

The findings, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry (doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.2010.10081184), include the notable discovery of structural differences irrespective of the age of onset of the disorder.

Ian Goodyer, a member of the research team and professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the university, said, “We cannot any longer assert that brain structure has nothing to do with antisocial behaviour.” …

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