Journal article

Structural Brain Development and Aggression: A Longitudinal Study in Late Childhood

Hannah Roberts, Elena Pozzi, Nandita Vijayakumar, Sally Richmond, Katherine Bray, Camille Deane, Sarah Whittle

Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience | SPRINGER | Published : 2021

Abstract

This longitudinal study examined the neurodevelopmental correlates of aggression in children, focusing on structural brain properties. A community sample of 110 (60 females) children participated at age 8 years and again at age 10 years. Brain structure was assessed by using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and parents reported on child aggression using the Child Behavior Checklist. Analyses examined the relationship between aggression and development of volume of subcortical regions, cortical thickness, and subcortical-cortical structural coupling. Females with relatively high aggression exhibited reduced right hippocampal growth over time. Across males and females, aggression was associat..

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