Maternal pre- and postnatal anxiety symptoms and infant attention disengagement from emotional faces.

Affiliation

The FinnBrain Birth Cohort Study, Turku Brain and Mind Center, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Turku, Finland; Department of Psychology, University of Turku, Finland. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Biases in socio-emotional attention may be early markers of risk for self-regulation difficulties and mental illness. We examined the associations between maternal pre- and postnatal anxiety symptoms and infant attention patterns to faces, with particular focus on attentional biases to threat, across male and female infants.

Keywords

Attention bias to threat,Attention disengagement,Infant attention to emotional faces,Maternal postnatal anxiety symptoms,Maternal prenatal anxiety symptoms,