Maternal depression is associated with altered functional connectivity between neural circuits related to visual, auditory, and cognitive processing during stories listening in preschoolers

Rola Farah, Paige Greenwood, Johnathan Dudley, John Hutton, Robert T. Ammerman, Kieran Phelan, Scott Holland, Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus

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Abstract

Background: Maternal depression can influence the early activity of a mother reading stories to a young child, as depressed mothers are less likely to read to their children. Here, maternal depression association to neurobiological circuitry of narrative comprehension, visualization, and executive functions during stories listening was examined in 21 4-year-old girls and their mothers. Maternal depression scores were collected from the mothers, and functional MRI during stories listening was collected from the children. Results: Increased maternal depression was related to decreased functional connectivity between visualization and auditory regions and increased connectivity between the right visual cortex and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in the children. Conclusions: This study highlights the need to monitor maternal depression and provide interventions to ensure positive linguistic outcomes in children.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5
JournalBehavioral and Brain Functions
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 27 Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

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Funding

This study in part was supported by Grant Number R01HD066115 from the National Institute of Child Health and Development to Dr. Phelan and by Interagency Agreement from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

FundersFunder number
National Institute of Child Health and Human DevelopmentR01HD066115
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

    Keywords

    • Childhood development
    • Maternal depression
    • Narrative comprehension

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