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


The proposed 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 (i.e., a capacity building mechanism). The second aim is to investigate specific mechanisms through which stress exposure may lead to maladaptive outcomes (i.e., capacity degrading mechanisms), 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 project contributes to the understanding of psychological malleability, developmental plasticity, and maladjustment due to contextual influences that may lead to higher levels of functioning in the best and psychological disorder in the worst case.


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

Duration of Project
Start date: 11/2014
End date: 11/2018

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