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How Maltreatment Affects Brain Development

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Researchers use the term “global neglect” to refer to deprivations in more than one domain, i.e., language, touch, and interaction with others. 

Children who were adopted from Romanian orphanages in the early 1990s were often considered to be globally neglected; they had little contact with caregivers and little to no stimulation from their environment—little of anything required for healthy development. 
 
One study found that these children had significantly smaller brains than the norm, suggesting decreased brain growth (Perry, 2002).
 
The New Born Brain
 
Sensitive Periods
 
Brain Development in Adolescence

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