Early life stress is associated with reduced avoidance of threatening facial expressions
22 August 2019
New paper published in the journal of Development and Psychopathology. Lizzy Kirkham and Liat Levita examined how whether experiences of early life stress (ELS) are associated with atypical avoidance responses towards emotional facial expressions in adults.
They found that higher levels of ELS were associated with reduced avoidance of angry facial expressions among individuals with no evidence of mental illness. These novel findings suggest that ELS-related changes in social cognition can be observed years after the ELS itself occurred.