Relève étoile Jacques-Genest 
March 2019

Fanny Dégeilh

Postdoctoral fellow in Neuroscience
Université de Montréal

Award-winning publicationQuality of maternal behaviour during infancy predicts functional connectivity between default mode network and salience network 9 years later

Published in: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience


Until now, studies on the link between the parent-child relationship and the brain have focused on the structure and activity of various areas of the brain. Others, including the research conducted by Fanny Dégeilh, also look into how different regions of the brain communicate. The project demonstrates that a good relationship between parents and their child positively contributes to the development of the child's brain, even from a very early age. It is therefore critical that parents be caring and empathetic toward their children in order to create a relationship that will foster the development of their brains and build a strong foundation as they grow. The findings could help raise awareness among early childhood stakeholders and lead to the implementation of intervention programs to improve mental health outcomes in children.