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The effects of early-life adversity on cognition: A comparative approach.

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Organization address
address: KINGS GATE
postcode: NE1 7RU

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙080˙040 €
 EC max contribution 2˙080˙040 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-10-01   to  2020-09-30


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 Project objective

This research programme will investigate how adversity experienced early in life affects cognition in adulthood in two different long-lived species, humans and European starlings. Previous research has suggested that there might be cross-species similarities in the way early-life adversity shapes cognition, but the extent of commonalities has not been systematically investigated. I will focus on three cognitive domains where we have some evidence that early-life adversity may be important: impulsivity, dietary cognition, and threat-related cognition. For each domain, I will characterise how the trait relates to different facets of early-life adversity. These will be measured using socioeconomic and familial variables in humans, but in young starlings they will be experimentally manipulated via cross-fostering and hand-rearing siblings apart so that they experience different early histories. To measure the adult outcomes in each cognitive domain, I will develop novel behavioural paradigms with directly analogous versions in the two species. I will also examine whether telomere length, a cellular measure of cumulative stress exposure, statistically mediates the relationships between early-life adversity and the cognitive outcomes, thus testing recent theoretical models based on psychological adaptation to ones own physical state. In the second phase of the programme, I will focus on adaptive questions: do the observed effects of early-life adversity simply represent pathology, or can they be considered as adaptive responses? To test this, I will create ‘novel worlds’: experimental environments whose parameters I can vary systematically to establish whether there are circumstances under which individuals who have experienced early-life stress actually perform better than those from more benign developmental backgrounds. Thus, I will move beyond cataloguing the cognitive consequences of early-life adversity, and begin to explain them.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Bateson, Melissa; Nettle, Daniel
Why are there associations between telomere length and behaviour?
published pages: , ISSN: 0962-8436, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1038129
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Series B 2 2020-04-23
2017 Hartman, S; Li, Z; Nettle, Daniel; Belsky, Jay
External-environmental and internal-health early-life predictors of adolescent development
published pages: , ISSN: 0954-5794, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.801489
Development and Psychopathology 3 2020-04-23
2018 Nettle, Daniel
State-dependent cognition and its relevance to cultural evolution
published pages: , ISSN: 0376-6357, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1164924
Behavioral Processes 2020-04-23
2017 Daniel Nettle, Melissa Bateson
Detecting telomere elongation in longitudinal datasets: analysis of a proposal by Simons, Stulp and Nakagawa
published pages: e3265, ISSN: 2167-8359, DOI: 10.7717/peerj.3265
PeerJ 5 2020-04-23
2017 Melissa Bateson, Daniel Nettle
The telomere lengthening conundrum - it could be biology
published pages: 312-319, ISSN: 1474-9718, DOI: 10.1111/acel.12555
Aging Cell 16/2 2020-04-23
2017 Tom Bedford, Caitlin Jade Oliver, Clare Andrews, Melissa Bateson, Daniel Nettle
Effects of early life adversity and sex on dominance in European starlings
published pages: 51-60, ISSN: 0003-3472, DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.03.026
Animal Behaviour 128 2020-04-23
2018 Clare Andrews, Daniel Nettle, Sophie Reichert, Tom Bedford, Pat Monaghan, Melissa Bateson
A marker of biological ageing predicts adult risk preference in European starlings, Sturnus vulgaris
published pages: , ISSN: 1045-2249, DOI: 10.1093/beheco/ary009
Behavioral Ecology 2020-04-23
2017 Daniel Nettle
Does Hunger Contribute to Socioeconomic Gradients in Behavior?
published pages: , ISSN: 1664-1078, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00358
Frontiers in Psychology 8 2020-04-23
2017 Daniel Nettle, Clare Andrews, Melissa Bateson
Food insecurity as a driver of obesity in humans: The insurance hypothesis
published pages: , ISSN: 0140-525X, DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X16000947
Behavioral and Brain Sciences 40 2020-04-23
2017 Daniel Nettle, Clare Andrews, Sophie Reichert, Tom Bedford, Claire Kolenda, Craig Parker, Carmen Martin-Ruiz, Pat Monaghan, Melissa Bateson
Early-life adversity accelerates cellular ageing and affects adult inflammation: Experimental evidence from the European starling
published pages: 40794, ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/srep40794
Scientific Reports 7 2020-04-23
2017 Daniel Nettle, Melissa Bateson
Childhood and adult socioeconomic position interact to predict health in mid life in a cohort of British women
published pages: e3528, ISSN: 2167-8359, DOI: 10.7717/peerj.3528
PeerJ 5 2020-04-23
2017 Gillian V. Pepper, Daniel Nettle
The behavioural constellation of deprivation: Causes and consequences
published pages: , ISSN: 0140-525X, DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X1600234X
Behavioral and Brain Sciences 40 2020-04-23
2017 Gillian V. Pepper, D Helen Corby, Rachel Bamber, Holly Smith, Nicky Wong, Daniel Nettle
The influence of mortality and socioeconomic status on risk and delayed rewards: a replication with British participants
published pages: e3580, ISSN: 2167-8359, DOI: 10.7717/peerj.3580
PeerJ 5 2020-04-23
2017 Clare Andrews, Daniel Nettle, Maria Larriva, Robert Gillespie, Sophie Reichert, Ben O. Brilot, Thomas Bedford, Pat Monaghan, Karen A. Spencer, Melissa Bateson
A marker of biological age explains individual variation in the strength of the adult stress response
published pages: 171208, ISSN: 2054-5703, DOI: 10.1098/rsos.171208
Royal Society Open Science 4/9 2020-04-23
2016 Daniel Nettle, Clare Andrews, Sophie Reichert, Tom Bedford, Annie Gott, Craig Parker, Claire Kolenda, Carmen Martin-Ruiz, Pat Monaghan, Melissa Bateson
Brood size moderates associations between relative size, telomere length, and immune development in European starling nestlings
published pages: 8138-8148, ISSN: 2045-7758, DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2551
Ecology and Evolution 6/22 2020-04-23
2017 Vikki Neville, Clare Andrews, Daniel Nettle, Melissa Bateson
Dissociating the effects of alternative early-life feeding schedules on the development of adult depression-like phenotypes
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-13776-4
Scientific Reports 7/1 2020-04-23
2018 Allen; Nettle
Hunger and socioeconomic background additively predict impulsivity in humans
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1402598
Zenodo preprints 1 2020-04-23
2018 Nettle, Daniel; Joly, Mona; Broadbent, Eleanor; Smith, Chloe; Tittle, Ellie; Bateson, Melissa
Opportunistic food consumption in relation to childhood and adult food insecurity: An exploratory correlational study
published pages: , ISSN: 0195-6663, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1322044
Appetite 1 2020-04-23
2018 Pepper, Gillian
Telomeres as integrative markers of exposure to stress and adversity: A systematic review and meta-analysis
published pages: , ISSN: 2054-5703, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1322448
Royal Society Open Science 1 2020-04-23
2018 Menno van Berkel, Melissa Bateson, Daniel Nettle, Jonathon Dunn
Can starlings use a reliable cue of future food deprivation to adaptively modify foraging and fat reserves?
published pages: 147-155, ISSN: 0003-3472, DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2018.06.015
Animal Behaviour 142 2020-04-23
2018 Jonathon Dunn, Clare Andrews, Daniel Nettle, Melissa Bateson
Early-life begging effort reduces adult body mass but strengthens behavioural defence of the rate of energy intake in European starlings
published pages: 171918, ISSN: 2054-5703, DOI: 10.1098/rsos.171918
Royal Society Open Science 5/5 2020-04-23
2018 Tim Bonham, Gillian V. Pepper, Daniel Nettle
The relationships between exercise and affective states: a naturalistic, longitudinal study of recreational runners
published pages: e4257, ISSN: 2167-8359, DOI: 10.7717/peerj.4257
PeerJ 6 2020-04-23
2018 Willem E. Frankenhuis, Daniel Nettle, John M. McNamara
Echoes of Early Life: Recent Insights From Mathematical Modeling
published pages: 1504-1518, ISSN: 0009-3920, DOI: 10.1111/cdev.13108
Child Development 89/5 2020-04-23
2018 Melissa Bateson; Aviv, Abraham; Bendix, Laila; Benetos, Athanase; Ben-Shlomo, Yoav; Bojesen, Stig E.; Cooper, Cyrus; Cooper, Rachel; Deary, Ian J.; Hägg, Sara; Harris, Sarah E.; Kark, Jeremy D.; Kronenberg, Florian; Kuh, Diana; Labat, Carlos; Martin-Ruiz, Carmen M.; Meyer, Craig; Nordestgaard, Børge G.; Penninx, Brenda WJH; Pepper, Gillian V; Révész, Dóra; Said, M Abdullah; Starr, John M; Syddall, Holly; Thompson, William Murray; van der Harst, Pim; Whooley, Mary; von Zglinicki, Thomas; Willeit, Peter; Zhan, Yiqiang; Nettle, Daniel
Smoking does not accelerate leukocyte telomere attrition: a meta-analysis of 18 longitudinal cohorts
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1240964
Zenodo preprint 1 2020-04-23
2018 Bateson, Melissa; Eisenberg, Dan T. A.; Nettle, Daniel
Controlling for baseline telomere length biases estimates of the rate of telomere attrition.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1320379
Zenodo preprint 1 2020-04-23

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