The orbitofrontal cortex acts a central control center over both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, which generate the bodily components of emotional behavior. Early experiences with an emotionally unresponsive or abusive caregiver can inhibit the maturation of this system. (Karr-Morse, Robin, and Meredith S. Wiley. Ghosts from the Nursery. NY: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997, p 38)

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