Yes, fMRI gets called the new phrenology. And yes, I’m confirmation biasing here – the idea that kids who’ve been abused have brains like soldiers after wars (all hyper-vigilance and threat perception) is (too?) obvious to me.
The brains of children raised in violent families resemble the brains of soldiers exposed to combat, psychologists say.
They’re primed to perceive threat and anticipate pain, adaptations that may be helpful in abusive environments but produce long-term problems with stress and anxiety.
“For them to detect early cues that might signal danger is adaptive. It allows them to react, to try and avoid the danger,” said psychologist Eamon McCrory of University College London. However, “a very similar neural signature characterizes quite a few anxiety disorders.”