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Perceived quality of maternal care in childhood and structure and function of mothers' brain.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20590729     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Animal studies indicate that early maternal care has long-term effects on brain areas related to social attachment and parenting, whereas neglectful mothering is linked with heightened stress reactivity in the hippocampus across the lifespan. The present study explores the possibility, using magnetic resonance imaging, that perceived quality of maternal care in childhood is associated with brain structure and functional responses to salient infant stimuli among human mothers in the first postpartum month. Mothers who reported higher maternal care in childhood showed larger grey matter volumes in the superior and middle frontal gyri, orbital gyrus, superior temporal gyrus and fusiform gyrus. In response to infant cries, these mothers exhibited higher activations in the middle frontal gyrus, superior temporal gyrus and fusiform gyrus, whereas mothers reporting lower maternal care showed increased hippocampal activations. These findings suggest that maternal care in childhood may be associated with anatomy and functions in brain regions implicated in appropriate responsivity to infant stimuli in human mothers.
Pilyoung Kim; James F Leckman; Linda C Mayes; Michal-Ann Newman; Ruth Feldman; James E Swain
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental science     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1467-7687     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Sci     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-01     Completed Date:  2010-10-29     Revised Date:  2014-04-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9814574     Medline TA:  Dev Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  662-73     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Brain / anatomy & histology*,  physiology*
Brain Mapping / methods
Crying / physiology*,  psychology
Infant, Newborn
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Maternal Age
Maternal Behavior / physiology*,  psychology
Middle Aged
Young Adult
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