Selected Formative Assessment Question:
Define epigenetics and describe an experiment illustrating how early experience affects adult stress response and the epigenetic mechanism through which this is thought to occur.
Check out one of the following resources that are excerpted from the Neuroscience Perspectives in Psychiatry course and then share any thoughts, questions, or reactions in a comment below.
- The Nature of Nurture: How Developmental Experiences Program Adult Stress Circuitry – How is it that early experiences can lead to lasting changes in the stress response system? This piece offers a beautiful introduction to the burgeoning field of epigenetics.
- Epigenetics and Trauma – We know that exposure to early life trauma predicts many adverse health outcomes. But what is the mechanism? In this session, you will review a case and then watch a video on the epigenetic effects of trauma.
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