Delinquent boys lack hormonal control

日期:2017-08-04 05:00:02 作者:东凤蕻 阅读:

SOME young men may be aggressive because they have a reduced ability to produce a hormone that restrains violent behaviour in stressful situations. Graeme Fairchild at the University of Cambridge and his colleagues pitted young, male volunteers against virtual rivals in a provocative, stressful and frustrating video game that carried a monetary prize. As expected, levels of the stress hormone cortisol rose in control volunteers. But in boys with “conduct disorder” – characterised by verbal and physical aggression and cruelty – levels of cortisol actually fell (Biological Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2008.05.022). The levels were similar to those of unstressed boys,