‘Working for the future: parentally deprived Nigerian Children have enhanced working memory ability’ – Tochukwu Nweze video abstract

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Tochukwu Nweze gives a video abstract of his paper ‘Working for the future: parentally deprived Nigerian Children have enhanced working memory ability’ first published in Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry (JCPP) 17 April 2020.

Read the Open Access paper doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.13241

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Background
The dominant view based on the deficit model of developmental psychopathology is that early adverse rearing impairs cognition. In contrast, an emerging evolutionary–developmental model argues that individuals exposed to early‐life stress may have improved cognitive abilities that are adapted to harsh environments. We set out to test this hypothesis by examining cognitive functions in parentally deprived children in Nigeria.

Other authors; Mary Basil Nwoke, Juliet Ifeoma Nwufo, Richard Ikechukwu Aniekwu, Florian Lange

Tochukwu Nweze
Tochukwu Nweze

Tochukwu is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and currently a first year PhD student in MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge.

He obtained his B.SC in psychology from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria. He subsequently went to Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London where he received his M.SC in Neuroimaging. He is currently doing his PhD with the Lifespan Cognitive Dynamics lab in MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit.

Tochukwu’s current research uses psychometric techniques to examine how psycho-socioeconomic adversities in early life affect brain and cognitive development. He utilizes longitudinal datasets to examine the contemporary and long-term consequences of adversity as well as cognitive adaptation in adverse-exposed individuals.

Twitter: @tochukwu_nweze

 

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Interesting article! That early life stress may improve cognitive abilities for better adaptation has been a common sense belief among traditional Africans. And here’s the belief supported by research.

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