We argued that the fetal brain may be particular sensitive to developmental programming since the brain is subject to dramatic developmental processes during the prenatal life period and introduced the developmental origins of behavior, health and disease (DOBHaD) hypothesis. The central aim of this dissertation was to examine the effect of exposure to maternal anxiety during pregnancy on neurocognitive functioning in infants and young children. Because research in the DOBHaD field almost exclusively focused on the effects of negative maternal states and traits we also included a potential positive/protective factor in our study: maternal mindfulness.
|Title||Altered Neurocognitive Functioning in Infants an Young Children Prenataly Exposed to Maternal Anxiety and Mindfullness|
|Author(s)||Marion van den Heuvel|