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ERIC Number: EJ966608
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0890-8567
Stress Reactivity and Corticolimbic Response to Emotional Faces in Adolescents
Liu, Jie; Chaplin, Tara M.; Wang, Fei; Sinha, Rajita; Mayes, Linda C.; Blumberg, Hilary P.
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, v51 n3 p304-312 Mar 2012
Objective: Adolescence is a critical period in the development of lifelong patterns of responding to stress. Understanding underpinnings of variations in stress reactivity in adolescents is important, as adolescents with altered stress reactivity are vulnerable to negative risk-taking behaviors including substance use, and have increased lifelong risk for psychopathology. Although both endocrinological and corticolimbic neural system mechanisms are implicated in the development of stress reactivity patterns, the roles of these systems and interactions between the systems in reactivity to social stimuli in adolescents are not clear. We investigated the relationship between cortisol response to a laboratory-based social stressor and regional brain responses to emotional face stimuli in adolescents. Method: Changes in cortisol levels following the Trier Social Stress Test--Child version (TSST-C) were measured in 23 disadvantaged and chronically stressed adolescents who also participated in functional magnetic resonance imaging during processing of emotional faces and structural magnetic resonance imaging. The relationships between changes in cortisol following the TSST-C with regional brain activation during face processing, as well as with regional brain morphology, were assessed. Results: Cortisol change on the TSST-C showed a significant inverse relationship with left hippocampus response to fearful faces (p less than 0.05, corrected); significant associations with volume were not observed. Conclusions: Increased cortisol response to the Trier social stressor was associated with diminished response of the left hippocampus to faces depicting fear. This suggests that HPA-corticolimbic system mechanisms may underlie vulnerability to maladaptive responses to stress in adolescents that may contribute to development of stress-related disorders. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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