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What are some examples of abuse/trauma?



What irreversible deficits come about due to abuse induced trauma?

Social behaviour
Neuro cognitive impairment
Fearful, timid, withdrawn


Give some examples of studies connecting abuse and trauma (3)

a. Time spent in orphanage vs. incidence of neuro cognitive impairment
b. Harlowe's monkeys: reared in isolation --> fearful, timid withdrawn monkeys
c. MRI tractography of deprived children: reduced connection between PFC and the rest of the brain


What are the requirements for the critical period?

Tactile based attachment


Describe how the analogy of vision can be used for critical periods

There is a critical period for development of the occular dominance columns and stereoscopic vision.

If one eye is covered during this time, normal vision can never be regained


Describe the study in which cats eyes were sutured

Normal cat: most neurons in V1 receive input from both eyes, some receive input from only one eye
Eye sutured shut during critical period: every when reopened, the neurons in the V1 only receive input from neurons from one eye
Eye sutured after critical period: once reopened, the neurons in V1 can regain the normal input patterns


What does the sutured eye experiments in cats tell us about critical periods?

There is a critical time during which all the important things occurin terms of organisation of the system.

This can be used as an analogy for normal social behaviour. If a child does not receive the correct care during this time, it will never acquire normal social behaviour


What is stereopsis?

This is normal 3D and depth vision


What is strabismus?

This is abnormal stereoscopic vision. The depth of objects can no be seen


Monocular deprivation can lead to ...

How long must the monocular deprivation last?


3 days is sufficient to generate biasing to one eye
6 days: there will be complete biasing to one eye


How do inputs into neurons in layer IV in the visual cortex establish dominance?

The input neuron that correlates most with the activity of the neuron it is inputting into will have its connection strengthened


Describe the three eyed frog experiment

Normally, the input from each eye in frogs goes to separate parts of the brain.

Attaching a third eye results in occular dominance columns in the brain, because the inputs from the two eyes compete for space in the visual cortex


What were the conclusions of the three eyed frog experiment?

Competition for space results in ocular dominance columns


What is the hyper plastic state, and why is it important?

This is a state when also the connections and organisation of the neural circuits are made

It is important because if the individual does not get the right stimuli during this time, the function may never be properly developed


What are some examples of processes that are set up in the hyper plastic state?

What are some common molecules?

Neuromuscular junctions
Ocular dominance



Describe the mechanism of growth of neurons and establishment of circuits

Stimulus: ligand binding
Increase in intracellular calcium
Activation by phosphorylation of proteins
Activation of transcription factors
Gene expression


Describe the stress response

Which systems are important for the stress response?

Sensory input
Hypothalamus -> HPA, autonomic nervous system
Avoidance behaviour
Diffuse neuromodulatory systems -> noradrenaline, increased vigilance


Describe the Stress (HPA) axis.

Amygdala activates the HPA which releases cortisol

The hippocampus inhibits the release of cortisol from the HPA


Compare the function of the HPA axis in normal development and in children who are abused/ experience unrelenting stress

Normal: inhibition of too much cortisol by action of the hippocampus

Unrelenting stress: lots of cortisol in the system, which is toxic to the hippocampus. The cells in the hippocampus die and now the HPA is no longer inhibited. There is overactivity of HPA and too much release of cortisol


Studies of the HPA axis in depressed individuals reveals that ...

The HPA axis is over active


Studies of the brain in abused individuals reveals that ...

This is due to ...

There is reduced volume of the PFC and the hippocampus

This is due to the toxic effects of cortisol


What is the relationship between abuse and neurodevelopment?

The relationship is unclear.
We don't know whether or not it is a linear relationship, or if there is a threshold, above which development is normal


What does it mean when we say that we only know this relationships at extremes?

We only really know the effect or chronic abuse and complete neglect


What is the effect of an ultra-enriched environment?

We don't know

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