Scientists are becoming increasingly aware of how life experiences can change both the physical structure and the function of the brain. Since a discovery in the mid-1990's that the hippocampus—a brain region important for memory—is reduced in size in many combat veterans, research has exploded over how traumatic events can affect different regions of the brain. This story highlights recent work by Victor Carrion's team at the Stanford University Early Life Stress Research Program that shows how adverse events in childhood can make an early mark on brain function.
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