Critical Periods in the Development of Fear
Publication Date: January 2007
Publisher(s): National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keywords: Child development; Developmental neurobiology; Neonatal health
Coverage: United States
This study found that the presence of corticosterone in a part of the brain called the amygdala determined whether a normally painful experience was learned as an attractive or fearful event. It also identified a critical period of learning during which a specific experience is associated with later attraction or fear.