Type of Activity: Research
Total Available Funding: N/A
Number of Awards: 10
Award Amount: $2.4 Million per year
Length of Project Period: Varies (1-5 years)
Federal Partners: N/A
Summary:These projects aim to elucidate the basic cognitive and behavioral mechanism underlying sociopathy with the purpose of understanding the biological pathways to antisocial behavior and ultimately developing more effective preventive and treatment interventions. Participants in these studies are offenders, who are or have been incarcerated, their offspring, or individuals at risk for antisocial behavior and therefore incarceration. A number of methodological approaches are utilized, such as psychophysiological assessments (e.g., event-related potentials, startle reflex, electromyography), MRI imaging techniques to evaluate functioning of limbic and paralimbic brain circuitries and other relevant brain regions, and genetic assessments. These studies are funded through a variety of grant mechanisms, including training grants to support the research careers of promising investigators in this area.
Future Prospects: One time funding; may submit applications for funding of additional research.
Dr. Bruce Cuthbert
Director, Division of Adult Translational Research and Treatment Development
Phone: (301) 443-4863
Dr. Molly Oliveri
Director, Division of Developmental Translational Research
Phone: (301) 443-5944