Abused Children and Combat Soldiers Have Similar Brain Activity


I am not surprised at this study because many of the symptoms found in victims of incest and child sexual abuse, are often found in combat veterans. But I do have an issue with one comment in this article. Please see my comments at the bottom of the page. *

“Children exposed to family violence show the same pattern of activity in their brains as soldiers exposed to combat, new research has shown.

In the first functional MRI brain scan study to investigate the impact of physical abuse and domestic violence on children, scientists at UCL in collaboration with the Anna Freud Centre, found that exposure to family violence was associated with increased brain activity in two specific brain areas (the anterior insula and the amygdala) when children viewed pictures of angry faces.

Previous fMRI studies that scanned the brains of soldiers exposed to violent combat situations have shown the…

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