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Understanding conduct disorder subtypes: Evidence from longitudinal and neurophysiological studies  Seminar

12:30 - 13:30
18 February 2016
University of Southampton, Highfield Campus, Building 44 (Shackleton), Room 3031/3033

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Sue McNally on 02380 595150 or email .

Event details

Much of contemporary research on conduct disorder (CD) focuses on callous-unemotional (CU) traits (i.e., lack of empathy/guilt, uncaring attitudes) in youth, owing to the distinct ability of this deficient affect dimension to differentiate among antisocial youth. This distinction also serves to identify antisocial children characterized by a unique combination of clinical features and neurocognitive disturbances. Three neurocognitive impairments are proposed to selectively underlie the clinical symptoms of the CU subtype of CD: insensitivity to others’ distress, reduced threat sensitivity, and impaired decision-making. Evidence from studies examining these impairments using multiple neuro-physiological measures, neuropsychological tests, eye-tracking equipment, and face processing software will be presented. Finally, the CU subtype of CD will be examined in relation to other subtyping approaches, including co-occurrence with internalizing problems and additional dimensions of psychopathy.

Speaker information

Dr Kostas Fanti, University of Cyprus. Profile: Bachelor of Science in Psychology (May 2001), University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, USA. M.A. (August 2005) and Ph.D (May 2007) in Psychology with a concentration in Developmental Psychology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA. Research Interests: Developmental Psychopathology and Transactional-Ecological Models of Development Psychopathic personality traits (callous-unemotional traits, narcissism, impulsivity) The development of various types of externalizing problems (bullying, proactive/reactive aggression, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, delinquency) and co-occurrence with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and internalizing problems Neuro-physiological, cognitive, individual, and environmental risk processes Identifying developmental processes of child and adolescent protection and resilience Quantitative methodology: Person and variable oriented methods.

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