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The missing link: mothers' neural response to infant cry related to infant attachment behaviors.
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PMID:  22982277     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study addresses a gap in the attachment literature by investigating maternal neural response to cry related to infant attachment classifications and behaviors. Twenty-two primiparous mothers and their 18-month old infants completed the Strange Situation (SS) procedure to elicit attachment behaviors. During a separate functional MRI session, mothers were exposed to their own infant's cry sound, as well as an unfamiliar infant's cry and control sound. Maternal neural response to own infant cry related to both overall attachment security and specific infant behaviors. Mothers of less secure infants maintained greater activation to their cry in left parahippocampal and amygdala regions and the right posterior insula consistent with a negative schematic response bias. Mothers of infants exhibiting more avoidant or contact maintaining behaviors during the SS showed diminished response across left prefrontal, parietal, and cerebellar areas involved in attentional processing and cognitive control. Mothers of infants exhibiting more disorganized behavior showed reduced response in bilateral temporal and subcallosal areas relevant to social cognition and emotion regulation. No differences by attachment classification were found. Implications for attachment transmission models are discussed.
Heidemarie K Laurent; Jennifer C Ablow
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.     Date:  2012-09-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Infant behavior & development     Volume:  35     ISSN:  1934-8800     ISO Abbreviation:  Infant Behav Dev     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-09     Completed Date:  2013-04-24     Revised Date:  2013-12-04    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7806016     Medline TA:  Infant Behav Dev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  761-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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MeSH Terms
Brain / physiology*
Brain Mapping
Crying / physiology*,  psychology
Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Maternal Behavior / physiology*,  psychology
Mother-Child Relations*
Mothers / psychology
Object Attachment*
Grant Support
F32 MH083462/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; F32MH083462-02/MH/NIMH NIH HHS

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