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Stress and trauma in earliest years linked to reduced hippocampal volume in adolescence

from Vanderbilt University via Medical Xpress

Stressful or traumatic experiences occurring in a child's earliest years — birth to age five — have been linked to reduced hippocampal volume in adolescence, according to a new Vanderbilt University report published in Developmental Science. "These findings tell us that there may be a 'sensitive period' in which stress is more likely to affect the development of the hippocampus, which is connected to learning, memory and mood," said lead author Kathryn L. Humphreys, assistant professor of psychology at Vanderbilt. more

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