Cherish that child

By Margo White In Health

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13th December, 2012
The importance of a child’s first three years has long been known, but only in recent years has science been able to produce the stark neurobiological evidence of just how much childhood neglect stunts the growth of a developing brain. As MRI scans have shown, children who have been neglected and abused may have smaller brains than those raised in healthy circumstances, with deficits being most noticeable in the prefrontal lobe area, the most sophisticated part of the brain. Functional MRI scans have also shown the synapses of neglected children don’t spark as they normally would, as if ...

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