A new study was conducted to show that social experiences we have in infancy are beneficial for configuring the human brain and the social behaviors we exhibit as adults.
The study involved children who were deprived of emotional care in early infancy but adopted later by families with good socioeconomic profiles. The results showed that these children suffered from hormonal deficiencies and minimized ability of forming healthy relationships in adulthood. They are often described as anxious, nervous children who have temper tantrums.
Hormonal activities differed in adopted children and those who lived with their biological families. This points to developmental changes in the brains of the adopted orphans who were deprived of emotional care in early infancy.
Researchers are hoping that this and further studies will help understand long-term effects of early neglect and find better ways to treat children who had to go through such emotional experience.
However, not all adopted children belong to this pattern. Those who receive adequate after care may not suffer from social and behavioral problems.