Childhood maltreatment is associated with an automatic negative emotion processing bias in the amygdala
Human Brain Mapping, 06/14/2012
Dannlowski U et al. – Childhood maltreatment is apparently associated with detectable changes in amygdala function during early stages of emotion processing which resemble findings described in major depression. Limbic hyper–responsiveness to negative facial cues could be a consequence of the experience of maltreatment during childhood increasing the risk of depression in later life.