Early life unpredictable maternal signals impact neurodevelopment in later life

Takeaway

  • Infant exposure to unpredictable patterns of maternal-derived sensory signals portends to poor effortful control leading to increased vulnerability to subsequent psychopathology in later life.

Why this matters

  • Maternal signals constitute a primary source of early life experience that have a persistent influence on neurodevelopment throughout life.

  • Patterns of maternal behavior, especially unpredictable sequences in infancy, may cause the development of executive function that could lead to vulnerability to subsequent psychopathology in later life.