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Neglect linked to changes in neurocognitive, behavioral functioning

January 27, 2015

Severe neglect in infancy may be associated with changes to brain development and associated behavioral functioning, especially among children institutionalized or placed in foster care, according to data published in JAMA Pediatrics.

Specifically, data indicated that white matter microstructure involving the body of the corpus callosum, cingulum, fornix, anterior and superior corona radiata, external capsule, retrolenticular internal capsule, and medial lemniscus were impacted by neglect. However, except for the corpus callosum and superior corona radiata, children in foster care did not demonstrate significantly different changes to these areas of the brain compared to non-institutionalized children.

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