Study: Early Life Adversity Embeds Negative Thinking
New research by the University of Bristol has found that early life adversity leads to pathological negative thinking and major depressive disorder (MDD).
The findings provide biological and psychological evidence to support work first proposed in the 1960s.
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The research has shown a dose of corticosterone had no effect in normal rats but caused a negative bias in the early life adversity animals.
The study also found that early life adversity rats were less likely to anticipate positive events and failed to properly learn about reward value.
These impairments in reward-related cognition are particularly interesting as one of the main features of depression is a loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities.