Behavioral Problems in Kids Associated with Differences in the BrainYoung people with behavioral problems, such as antisocial and aggressive behavior, show reduced grey matter volume in a number of areas of the brain, according to a new study.

Grey matter is involved in processing signals and information in the brain, and makes up nearly half of brain volume. Researchers from the University of Birmingham in England found that, compared to typically developing youths, those with behavioral problems show grey matter reductions specifically within the amygdala, the insula and the prefrontal cortex.

These brain areas are important for decision-making, empathic responses, reading facial expressions, and emotion regulation; key cognitive and affective processes that are shown to be deficient in youths with behavioral problems, the researchers noted.

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