In utero conditions can affect a teen's brain development
A new study shows that what happens to a fetus in the womb can affect the brain later in life.

In a paper recently published in Human Brain Mapping, a team of researchers from the Quebec-based Research Unit on Children's Psychosocial Maladjustment shows how the in utero environment can play a role in the development of brain processes.

For the study, Linda Booij, associate professor of psychology in Concordia's Faculty of Arts and Science and a researcher at Sainte-Justine Hospital Research Center, worked with researchers from various institutions in the province of Quebec.

The team followed pairs of genetically identical twins from birth into their teenage years. They measured the twins' weight at birth to assess whether different environmental factors had affected them while in the womb.

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