Maternal bonding in childhood moderates autonomic responses to distress stimuli in adult males
Date of Issue2015
College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Mother-child bonding influences the development of cognitive and social skills. In this study we investigate how maternal attachment, developed in early childhood, modulates physiological responses to social stimuli later in life. Our results suggest that the autonomic nervous system’s responses to vocal distress are moderated by the quality of participants’ maternal bonding. In particular, participants with optimal maternal bonding showed a greater calming response to distressful stimuli whereas participants with non-optimal maternal bonding showed a heightened distress response.
Behavioural Brain Research
© 2015 Elsevier. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Behavioural Brain Research, Elsevier. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2015.06.026].