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Soc Neurosci. 2015;10(5):489-99. doi: 10.1080/17470919.2015.1087424. Epub 2015 Sep 21.

Social scaffolding of human amygdala-mPFCcircuit development.

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a Department of Psychology , Columbia University , New York , NY , USA.

Abstract

Strong evidence indicates that reciprocal connections between the amygdala and the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) support fundamental aspects of emotional behavior in adulthood. However, this circuitry is slow to develop in humans, exhibiting immaturity in childhood. The argument is made that the development of this circuitry in humans is intimately associated with caregiving, such that parental availability during childhood provides important and enduring scaffolding of neuroaffective processes that ultimately form of the nature of the adult phenotype.

KEYWORDS:

Amygdala; Child development; Emotion; Parents; Sensitive periods

PMID:
26313424
PMCID:
PMC4890612
DOI:
10.1080/17470919.2015.1087424
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