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Harsh criticism and lasting anxiety?

Scientific American carried an interesting report on a study which looked at the effects of punitive criticism on activity in the medial prefrontal cortex. 
A predictable electrical pattern called the error-related negativity or ERN can be seen in our medial prefrontal cortex when we make mistakes. This seems to be related to the way in which we learn to recognise errors and to avoid them in the future. In this study nearly 300 children were observed solving puzzles in the company of their parents. Children whose parents were rated as being critical or hostile tended to have higher ERNs. When followed up three years later these children still showed higher ERNs and were more likely to show symptoms of anxiety disorders.
The researchers suggest that parental attitudes may have contributed to higher levels of ERN, which in turn may trigger the child's underlying anxiety. 


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