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Insecure attachment during infancy predicts greater amygdala volumes in early adulthood

Moutsiana, Christina, Johnstone, Tom, Murray, Lynne, Fearon, Pasco, Cooper, Peter J., Pliatsikas, Christos, Goodyer, Ian, Halligan, Sarah L. (2014) Insecure attachment during infancy predicts greater amygdala volumes in early adulthood. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, . ISSN 0021-9630. E-ISSN 1469-7610. (doi:10.1111/jcpp.12317) (KAR id:42759)

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Participants (N = 59) were derived from a prospective longitudinal study of the impact of maternal postnatal depression on child development. Infant attachment status (24 Secure; 35 Insecure) was observed at 18 months of age, and MRI assessments were completed at 22 years.


Common variations in the quality of early environment are associated with gross alterations in amygdala morphology in the adult brain. Further research is required to establish the neural changes that underpin the volumetric differences reported here, and any functional implications.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/jcpp.12317
Uncontrolled keywords: Attachment; brain development; amygdala; longitudinal; maternal depression
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Depositing User: Christos Pliatsikas
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2014 09:28 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 10:37 UTC
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