UCL  IRIS
Institutional Research Information Service
UCL Logo
Please report any queries concerning the funding data grouped in the sections named "Externally Awarded" or "Internally Disbursed" (shown on the profile page) to your Research Finance Administrator. Your can find your Research Finance Administrator at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/finance/research/rs-contacts.php by entering your department
Please report any queries concerning the student data shown on the profile page to:

Email: portico-services@ucl.ac.uk

Help Desk: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ras/portico/helpdesk
Publication Detail
Reduced Laughter Contagion in Boys at Risk for Psychopathy.
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Article
  • Authors:
    O'Nions E, Lima CF, Scott SK, Roberts R, McCrory EJ, Viding E
  • Publication date:
    09/10/2017
  • Journal:
    Current biology : CB
  • Medium:
    Print-Electronic
  • Print ISSN:
    0960-9822
  • Language:
    eng
  • Addresses:
    Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London, Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AP, UK; Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Parenting and Special Education Research Unit, KU Leuven, Leopold Vanderkelenstraat, Leuven, Belgium.
Abstract
Humans are intrinsically social animals, forming enduring affiliative bonds [1]. However, a striking minority with psychopathic traits, who present with violent and antisocial behaviors, tend to value other people only insofar as they contribute to their own advancement [2, 3]. Extant research has addressed the neurocognitive processes associated with aggression in such individuals, but we know remarkably little about processes underlying their atypical social affiliation. This is surprising, given the importance of affiliation and bonding in promoting social order and reducing aggression [4, 5]. Human laughter engages brain areas that facilitate social reciprocity and emotional resonance, consistent with its established role in promoting affiliation and social cohesion [6-8]. We show that, compared with typically developing boys, those at risk for antisocial behavior in general (irrespective of their risk of psychopathy) display reduced neural response to laughter in the supplementary motor area, a premotor region thought to facilitate motor readiness to join in during social behavior [9-11]. Those at highest risk for developing psychopathy additionally show reduced neural responses to laughter in the anterior insula. This region is implicated in auditory-motor processing and in linking action tendencies with emotional experience and subjective feelings [10, 12, 13]. Furthermore, this same group reports reduced desire to join in with the laughter of others-a behavioral profile in part accounted for by the attenuated anterior insula response. These findings suggest that atypical processing of laughter could represent a novel mechanism that impoverishes social relationships and increases risk for psychopathy and antisocial behavior.
Publication data is maintained in RPS. Visit https://rps.ucl.ac.uk
 More search options
UCL Researchers Show More
Author
Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
Author
Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
Author
Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
Author
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
Author
Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
University College London - Gower Street - London - WC1E 6BT Tel:+44 (0)20 7679 2000

© UCL 1999–2011

Search by