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<p>Early life adversity has been shown to impact learning and memory in youth (Callaghan & Tottenham, 2016). However, few studies have examined the effects of early life caregiving adversity on long-term memory retention in children and adolescents. Animal models have indicated that exposure to early life adversity (maternal separation) is associated with accelerated development of the associative memory system, resulting in longer lasting memories for threat associations in young rats (Callaghan & Richardson, 2011). The aim of the present study is to examine whether exposure to early caregiving adversity is associated with better long-term memory retention of threat associations in children and adolescents. Data collection for the study is ongoing (current N = 30). Presented data will include preliminary analyses on the current sample. In line with previous work, I hypothesize that adversity-exposed youth will have better long-term threat memory than non-adversity exposed youth. These results will help us understand the mechanisms linking adversity and emotion regulation later in life, with clinical and educational implications for intervention.</p>
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