Spoil the rod and spare the child’s brain development: study

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Spoil the rod and spare the child’s brain development: study

The line between spanking and child abuse is more a difference of degree than of type, say researchers

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Spanking has the potential to affect a child’s brain development in similar ways to more severe forms of violence.

Research by Harvard academics, published recently in the Child Development journal, builds on existing studies that show heightened activity in response to threat cues in certain regions of the brains of children who experience abuse.

The group found that children who had been spanked had a greater neural response in multiple regions of the prefrontal cortex (PFC), including in regions that are part of the salience network...

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