Maltreated children are as hyper-aware of danger as soldiers

12/5/2011 | Yahoo!

Children exposed to physical abuse or family violence manifested heightened brain activity in the anterior insula and the amygdala in response to expressions of anger, researchers reported in the journal Current Biology. Previous studies showed the same pattern of heightened activity in soldiers exposed to violent combat situations, suggesting both groups have adapted to be "hyper-aware" of danger in their surroundings, the researchers said. The current findings were based on the functional magnetic resonance imaging scan results of 43 children.

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