Heritability of aggression following social evaluation in middle childhood: An fMRI study

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Heritability of aggression following social evaluation in middle childhood: An fMRI study

Type: Article / Letter to editor
Title: Heritability of aggression following social evaluation in middle childhood: An fMRI study
Author: Achterberg, M.Van, Duijvenvoorde A.C.K.Van, der Meulen M.Bakermans, M.J.Crone, E.A.M.
Journal Title: Human Brain Mapping
Issue: 7
Volume: 39
Start Page: 2828
End Page: 2841
Pages: 14
Issue Date: 2018
Keywords: behavioral genetics
dorsolateral prefrontal cortex
peer feedback
twin study
Abstract: Middle childhood marks an important phase for developing and maintaining social relations. At the same time, this phase is marked by a gap in our knowledge of the genetic and environmental influences on brain responses to social feedback and their relation to behavioral aggression. In a large developmental twin sample (509 7‐ to 9‐year‐olds), the heritability and neural underpinnings of behavioral aggression following social evaluation were investigated, using the Social Network Aggression Task (SNAT). Participants viewed pictures of peers that gave positive, neutral, or negative feedback to the participant's profile. Next, participants could blast a loud noise toward the peer as an index of aggression. Genetic modeling revealed that aggression following negative feedback was influenced by both genetics and environmental (shared as well as unique environment). On a neural level (n = 385), the anterior insula and anterior cingulate cortex gyrus (ACCg) responded to both positive and negative feedback, suggesting they signal for social salience cues. The medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and inferior frontal gyrus (IFG) were specifically activated during negative feedback, whereas positive feedback resulted in increased activation in caudate, supplementary motor cortex (SMA), and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC). Decreased SMA and DLPFC activation during negative feedback was associated with more aggressive behavior after negative feedback. Moreover, genetic modeling showed that 13%–14% of the variance in dorsolateral PFC activity was explained by genetics. Our results suggest that the processing of social feedback is partly explained by genetic factors, whereas shared environmental influences play a role in behavioral aggression following feedback.
Uri: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/hbm.24043
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/67642

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