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The Effects of Maltreatment and Neuroendocrine Regulation on Memory Performance

Cicchetti, D., Rogosch, F. A., Howe, M. L. and Toth, S. L. (2010). The Effects of Maltreatment and Neuroendocrine Regulation on Memory Performance. Child Development, 81(5), pp. 1504-1519. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01488.x

Abstract

This investigation examined basic memory processes, cortisol, and dissociation in maltreated children. School-aged children, 143 maltreated and 174 nonmaltreated, were administered the California Verbal Learning Test – Children (Delis, Kramer, Kaplan, & Ober, 1994) in a week-long camp setting, daily morning cortisol levels were assessed throughout the duration of camp, and behavioral symptoms were evaluated. Maltreatment and cortisol regulation were not related to short- or long-delay recall or recognition memory. However, children experiencing neglect/emotional maltreatment and low cortisol evinced heightened false recognition memory. Dissociative symptoms were higher in maltreated children; however, high dissociation was related to recognition inaccuracy only among nonmaltreated children. Results highlight the interplay between maltreatment and hypocortisolism in children’s recognition memory errors.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted version of the following article: Cicchetti, D, Rogosch, FA, Howe, ML & Toth, SL (2010). The Effects of Maltreatment and Neuroendocrine Regulation on Memory Performance. CHILD DEVELOPMENT, 81(5), pp. 1504-1519., which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01488.x
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Psychology
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URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/4209
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