Childhood Maltreatment Alters Neurobiology of Emotion Perception and Regulation


Martin Teicher, noted researcher of the neurobiology of child abuse, finds in an MRI study of 265 maltreated 18-25 year-olds that “Maltreatment was associated with decreased centrality in regions involved in emotional regulation and ability to accurately attribute thoughts or intentions to others … This may provide a potential mechanism for how maltreatment increases risk for psychopathology.” Results were published online today in Biological Psychiatry.

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Teicher, M., Anderson, C., Ohashi, K., Polcan, A.; Childhood Maltreatment: Altered Network Centrality of Cingulate, Precuneus, Temporal Pole and Insula. Biological Psychiatry. Online October 2, 2013

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. Alright.

    Now I want to see information about how maltreatment effects and impacts the heart, stomach, intestines, rectum, liver, mammary glands, teeth, tongue, bones, feet, eyes, ears, skin, spine, blood, gall bladder, pancreas, lungs, penis and vagina.


    You know, we live in a world of machines. Could Your Brain Be Hacked? What sort of brain does one need to have to think and feel no reservation, no fear, no alarm and no caution for a technology like this:

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