Journal article

Childhood Maltreatment is Associated with an Automatic Negative Emotion Processing Bias in the Amygdala

Udo Dannlowski, Harald Kugel, Franziska Huber, Anja Stuhrmann, Ronny Redlich, Dominik Grotegerd, Katharina Dohm, Christina Sehlmeyer, Carsten Konrad, Bernhard T Baune, Volker Arolt, Walter Heindel, Pienie Zwitserlood, Thomas Suslow

HUMAN BRAIN MAPPING | WILEY | Published : 2013

Abstract

UNLABELLED: Major depression has been repeatedly associated with amygdala hyper-responsiveness to negative (but not positive) facial expressions at early, automatic stages of emotion processing using subliminally presented stimuli. However, it is not clear whether this "limbic bias" is a correlate of depression or represents a vulnerability marker preceding the onset of the disease. Because childhood maltreatment is a potent risk factor for the development of major depression in later life, we explored whether childhood maltreatment is associated with amygdalar emotion processing bias in maltreated but healthy subjects. Amygdala responsiveness to subliminally presented sad and happy faces wa..

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