Sacchi Chiara

Neuroscience, Technology, and Society, XXXII series
Grant sponsor


Alessandra Simonelli
Fabio Aiolli

Project description
As antenatal adverse experience, growth restriction is the second leading cause of perinatal mortality and morbidity worldwide, thus representing a relevant public health problem in Western Societies. Despite massive attention received as a medical concern, IUGR is still extremely unexplored under a psychological lens as early risk factor for developmental trajectories in young individuals. Aim of my research project will be to longitudinally investigate the cognitive and behavioral outcomes of IUGR infants. In particular, event-related potentials (ERPs) to social and non-social stimuli will be explored as correlates of child responsiveness to maternal environment in 4 and 9 months. In addition, aim of the study will be to investigate the association of mother-infant interaction and ERP components of human face processing with later developmental outcomes. The study will enhance understanding on neural mechanisms underpinning the interactive patterns sustaining socio-cognitive development in IUGR and healthy infants. The study will help in clarifying the role of postnatal environment in buffering the vulnerability experienced by children delayed in their fetal growth.