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Frank Kessel, Patricia Rosenfield, and Norman Anderson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195324273

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195324273.001.0001

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 Plasticity and Health

 Plasticity and Health

Social Influences on Gene Expression and Neural Development

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Interdisciplinary Research

Michael J. Meaney

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an interdisciplinary study on the effect of parental care on the psychology and biology of offspring. The research program, conducted with rodents, provides a detailed model of how early environmental influences can induce profound changes in the biology of the offspring at the level of gene expression. These changes in gene expression then have a cascading effect and alter the physiology of the offspring in ways that are enduring, probably lifelong.

Keywords:   interdisciplinary research, stress response, health, early environmental influence, gene expression, parental care

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