‘Callous and Unemotional Traits Show in Brain Structure of Boys Only’, https://www.unibas.ch/en/News-Events/News/Uni-Research/Callous-and-Unemotional-Traits-Show-in-Brain-Structure-of-Boys-Only.html, University of Basel (27 December 2017)
Deficits in development
Callous-unemotional traits have been linked to deficits in development of the conscience and of empathy. (…) The findings show that in typically-developing boys, the volume of the anterior insula – a brain region implicated in recognizing emotions in others and empathy – is larger in those with higher levels of callous-unemotional traits. This variation in brain structure was only seen in boys, but not in girls. (…) Callous-unemotional traits are related to differences in brain structure in typically-developing boys without a clinical diagnosis.
Nora Maria Raschle et al. Callous-unemotional traits and brain structure: Sex-specific effects in anterior insula of typically-developing youths – Neuro Image: Clinical (2018) | doi: 10.1016/j.nicl.2017.12.015