From Technology Networks, February 24, 2020
A study conducted at Northeastern University has used rat models to map the changes to the brain caused by early life trauma. Their data suggests changes can be sex-specific, but they aren't necessarily permanent.
In the early 1990s, more than 100,000 children in Romania were living in overcrowded, under-funded orphanages. They suffered from severe neglect, having little interaction with caretakers.
This lack of nurturing altered the structure and function of their brains. These children developed a host of behavioral and emotional problems that many of them are still coping with today.