Sunday, February 12, 2012

Abuse, Stress, and the Brain

Did you know there appears to be a correlation between affectionate mothering and the ability of offspring to dampen their physiological response to stress? Studies at McGill University in Montreal appear to correlate abuse during childhood with changes to the brain (e.g., genes that code for cortisol receptors were about 40 percent less active in people who had been abused as children as compared to those who had not).

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