Mothers' unresolved trauma blunts amygdala response to infant distress.

@article{Kim2014MothersUT,
  title={Mothers' unresolved trauma blunts amygdala response to infant distress.},
  author={Sohye Kim and Peter Fonagy and Jon Allen and Lane Strathearn},
  journal={Social neuroscience},
  year={2014},
  volume={9 4},
  pages={
          352-63
        }
}
While the neurobiology of post-traumatic stress disorder has been extensively researched, much less attention has been paid to the neural mechanisms underlying more covert but pervasive types of trauma (e.g., those involving disrupted relationships and insecure attachment). Here, we report on a neurobiological study documenting that mothers' attachment-related trauma, when unresolved, undermines her optimal brain response to her infant's distress. We examined the amygdala blood oxygenation… CONTINUE READING

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