Childhood Trauma

Numerous research studies are being conducted these days in an effort to better understand the orbitofrontal cortex area of our brain.

 

An article recently published on TIME.COM, “Childhood Trauma Leaves Legacy of Brain Changes,” author Laura Blue addresses how early-in-life painful or stressful experiences may have a lasting impact on the brain.

 

Laboratory studies, conducted with rats, have demonstrated that fear-inducing and traumatic situations during puberty often create changes in hormone levels and brain activity resulting in higher levels of aggression later in life. These same disturbing traits have also been observed among troubled and unusually violent people.

 

A team of Swiss behavioral geneticists theorized that early psychological trauma may have a lasting impact on the brain that could promote aggressive behaviors later in life. Social learning, it appears, may not be the only contributor that might cause kids to grow up aggressive.

 

These findings reinforce the importance of on-going brain research in order to better understand the neurobiological mechanisms that will guide us to solutions that will break the growth of violence resulting from early childhood traumatic experiences.

 

The author concludes that a “better understanding of why vicious cycles of violence exist may help researchers to find ways to break them.” To that, we say, “Amen.” Certainly, having an understanding of how childhood trauma might find its path to late-in-life aggressive behavior, might guide us in discovering a correction.