Bernet Elzinga: Brain scars
How trauma effects brain function and behaviour
Abuse or neglect as a child may lead to the development of anxiety or depression related symptoms years later. Are traces of childhood adversities also visible in our brain? And if so, what does this mean? Bernet Elzinga, professor Stress-related Psychopathology at Leiden University studies these scars inside our heads, in search of answers to these questions.
Bernet Elzinga (1970) combines a variety of disciplines in her research on the influence of trauma/stress on brain structures and functions related to emotion and memory, in both healthy individuals and patients with stress-related disorders.
She also investigates the role of genetic vulnerability. Her original fields were experimental and clinical psychology, psychotherapy, and philosophy. Her work is of an interdisciplinary nature and she collaborates with epidemiologists, radiologists, cognitive and clinical psychologists, and therapists.
Produced by Fast Facts
With the support of The Young Academy and Bernet Elzinga
Thanks to Iris Koopmans, The Young Academy Office, Marc Molendijk, Lisa van den Berg, Laura Compier-de Block, Steven van der Werff and Leiden University
With images of: NO KIDDING Stop Kindermishandeling!
Made by: Marieke Aafjes 2012
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Music: Daan van West
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