UNSW scientists measuring blood flow in the brain to better understand why people often become aggressive after drinking alcohol have found that brain areas that temper aggression shut off when people drink.
Temper tantrums, playground fights, or just seeming to delight in annoying others. Conduct problems in childhood can be a precursor of worse to come, writes Rhoshel Lenroot.
UNSW researchers are recruiting for a study that could reveal the drivers of aggression in boys, opening up new treatments to stem violent offenders in future generations.
By identifying genes and brain mechanisms that predispose people to violence it may be possible to tailor prevention programs to those who need them most, writes Tom Denson.