WASHINGTON – The attention paid in the early stages of a child’s life can help to enlarge the hippocampus, the brain region responsible for learning, memory, and stress response.
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A research using animals showed that the mother can support a positive effect on a rat perumbuhan hippocampus, the brain cell production, and ability to withstand stress. Meanwhile, research carried out in young men found an association between early social experience and volume of the amygdala, the part that regulates the processing and memory of emotional reactions.
As reported by Live Science, Tuesday (01/31/2012), now the picture of the brain has revealed that mother’s love can physically affect the volume of her hippocampus. In the study, the children of mothers who have the attention of hippocampal volume 10 percent greater, than children whose mothers had less attention. Million research has suggested a link between the larger hippocampus and better memory.
“We can now say with confidence that the psychosocial environment have a material impact on the way the human brain development,” says Joan Luby, head of research as well as a psychiatrist at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Mo.
“This raises a very strong wind in the background the idea that raising children in the early days had a positive impact on their development,” he added.
This study is part of an ongoing project, to track the progress of children who suffered bouts of depression early. As part of the project, Luby and her colleagues measured the mother’s support that children who received during the task called “wait. Bberada The children in this age range 3 to 6 years, and have symptoms of depression, other psychiatric disorders or any mental health problems.
The researchers placed the mother and child in the room along with attractive gift wrapped and Mom filled in the survey. The children were told they could not open the package but five minutes had elapsed. A group of psychiatrists, who do not know about children’s health or temperament of the parents, gave an assessment of the amount of support given to the mothers of their children.
A mother who is very supportive, for example, will entertain the children, explaining that the boy was only waiting a few minutes, and explained that he understands the situation frustrating.
“The task was to repeat the events in everyday life,” Luby said that suggests that through it the researchers gain an idea of how much child support received at home.
Now, or approximately four years later, the researchers performed MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans on 92 children who malakukan task awaiting them. Compared with non-depressed children who obtained high support from mothers, non-depressed children who meperoleh low support hippocampal volume was 9.2 percent smaller.
Meanwhile, children with depression who have high support volume of 6.2 per cent less, then the lower support has 10.6 percent less.
The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.