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ERIC Number: EJ1112741
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1520-3247
Human Maternal Brain Plasticity: Adaptation to Parenting
Kim, Pilyoung
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, n153 p47-58 Fall 2016
New mothers undergo dynamic neural changes that support positive adaptation to parenting and the development of mother-infant relationships. In this article, I review important psychological adaptations that mothers experience during pregnancy and the early postpartum period. I then review evidence of structural and functional plasticity in human mothers' brains, and explore how such plasticity supports mothers' psychological adaptation to parenting and sensitive maternal behaviors. Last, I discuss pregnancy and the early postpartum period as a window of vulnerabilities and opportunities when the human maternal brain is influenced by stress and psychopathology, but also receptive to interventions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Grant or Contract Numbers: R21HD078797