More amazing longitudinal research work to highlight for you in today’s post! A study published last week in Nature Neuroscience shows that the amount of stress that girls experience when they are infants is related to their levels of hormones in childhood. Not only that, but the levels of hormones in childhood then go on to predict symptoms of depression and anxiety in these girls when they are adolescents. A good summary of the paper is available here.
This long-term study, which followed up hundreds of people from infancy to adolescence, was conducted partly by one of my personal heroes, Richard Davidson, from University of Wisconsin Madison. I really hope he doesn’t read this, but he is amazing. He’s done so much great work on affective neuroscience and emotion regulation.
Here he is giving a Google TechTalk. Seriously, he’s cool.