New study explores regional brain development in children with experiences of aversity

Takeaway

  • Adverse childhood experiences and caregiver support are regionally associated with developmental timing, and distinct brain structures of emotional regulation.

Why this matters

  • Exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are known to burden the structural development of the brain, leading to negative emotional and cognitive outcomes for affected individuals. Early caregiver support in these individuals has demonstrated positive results in later childhood limbic development.

  • Establishing an association between timing of caregiver support, ACEs and brain outcomes, can inform preventive strategies and can preclude poor brain development.