Adaptation to major life events: a learning opportunity for some and a route to depression for others?

This project has two central aims. The first is to examine a mechanism that was recently proposed to underlie the development of stress regulation, and more generally, well-being in adulthood. The core idea of the proposition is that not only too much, but also too little exposure to stress entails a risk for development, and that moderate stress exposure is most beneficial for developmental trajectories because it results in expertise in dealing with stressors and thus improves psychological and physiological adaptation. The second aim is to investigate specific mechanisms through which stress exposure may lead to maladaptive outcomes, in particular the (potentially transient) neurophysiological changes that may occur in close proximity to stress exposure and that may reduce top-down control of cognitive and emotional behaviour. The three foci of this project are (1) the relationship between prior exposure to major life events and individuals management of stress in their daily lives, (2) the interplay between cognitive, affective, and self-regulatory components of the stress process, including their neural underpinnings, and (3), how (1) and (2) are related to developmental trajectories of well-being and maladjustment, in particular, depressive symptomatology.

Spokesperson
Brose, Annette Dr. (Details) (Junior Research Groups)

Financer
DFG: Nachwuchsgruppe

Duration of Project
Start date: 11/2018
End date: 04/2020

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