Anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) in yellow.
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Researchers at McGill University in Canada have identified that severe child abuse may trigger a chain reaction that alters the architecture and functional connectivity of the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC). This brain region is associated with mood and emotion regulation. In May 2018, a neuroimaging study from China reported that the ACC also plays a pivotal role in the brain mechanics of gratitude and an intermediary role in converting gratitude into altruistic reciprocity.