Maternal sensitivity, infant limbic structure volume and functional connectivity: a preliminary study

Citation: Translational Psychiatry (2015) 5, e668; doi:10.1038/tp.2015.133Published online 27 October 2015A Rifkin-Graboi1, L Kong2, L W Sim1, S Sanmugam1, B F P Broekman1,3, H Chen4, E Wong1, K Kwek5, S-M Saw6, Y-S Chong1,7, P D Gluckman8,9, M V Fortier10, D Pederson11, M J Meaney1,12,13 and A Qiu1,2 Top of page Introduction The quality of parental care influences socio-emotional and cognitive development,1, 2, 3, 4 as well as mental health,5 although the degree to which normal variation in parental care influences neural development is less well understood. In contrast, there are well-documented effects of more extreme forms of childhood adversity, such as abuse and neglect, upon brain development and function.6, 7 In addition, the influence of variations in parental care that lie within the normal range upon neuronal development and behavior has been extensively studied in rodents,8 with similar neurodevelopmental findings in nonhuman primates.9, 10, 11 Nevertheless, studies…


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