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October 11, 2018 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Freer House 2nd Floor Conference Room | Map
71 E. Ferry
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: FREE
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Prospective Students, Staff

Childhood adversity and trauma exposure increase risk for post-traumatic psychopathology in adulthood. A biomarker of this psychopathology is impaired inhibition of fear in a fear-potentiated startle paradigm, which is associated with inhibitory neural circuits measured during fMRI. Parental availability influences fear expression and threat learning across species, but the effect on fear learning in children is not well understood. An increasing body of evidence suggests that brain circuits important for fear inhibition show a developmental shift from childhood to adolescence. We investigated the effect of maternal availability during fear conditioning in a group of children and adolescents from a low-income population with a range of trauma exposure. 

Objectives for this presentation are to be able to:

a)     understand how fear inhibition can be measured using startle in children
b)     describe how fear inhibition can be measures using fMRI in children
c)     discuss the impact of adverse environment and parenting behavior on fear inhibition
For more information about this event, please contact Caitlin Lyons at 3136642500 or