Who cares for a stressed brain? The mother, the kid or both?

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Neurobiol Aging, Volume 24 Suppl 1, p.S61-5; discussion S67-8 (2003)

ISBN:

0197-4580 (Print)0197-45

DOI Name (links to online publication)

10.1016/S0197-4580(03)00057-5

Keywords:

Animals; Brain/*metabolism; Child; Female; Humans; Maternal Deprivation; Mother-Child Relations; Mothers/psychology; Pregnancy; *Prenatal Exposure Delayed Effects; Stress; Psychological/*metabolism/*psychology/therapy

Abstract:

Data are emerging that the altered development of adrenocortical and emotional reactivity in individuals exposed perinatally to adverse events is reflected in cognitive change and that maternal care is an important determinant. However, early trauma does not cause a generalized cognitive decline at older age, but rather drives cognitive performance to the extremes, at the expense of the average performance demonstrated by normally reared individuals.

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