Early life adversity impacts cognitive function in later adulthood

by Mane Kara-Yakoubian
 June 9, 2022


New findings suggest that allostatic load mediates the association between early life adversity and global cognition, as well as executive function. This research was published in the scientific journal Psychoneuroendocrinology.

“I was personally interested in this topic because of my lived experience having a grandparent with Alzheimer’s disease. It was the catalyst for my interest in understanding modifiable factors that can preserve cognitive health with aging” said study author Danielle D’Amico (@daniellendamico), a doctoral candidate at Toronto Metropolitan University.


The study, “The mediating role of allostatic load in the relationship between early life adversity and cognitive function across the adult lifespan”, was authored by Danielle D’Amico, Maya E. Amestoy, and Alexandra J. Fiocco.