Growth during times of fear and emotional stress

Proceedings of the 28th Aschauer Soiree, held at Potsdam, Germany, and online, November 14th 2020


  • Christiane Scheffler University of Potsdam, Institute of Biochemistry and Biology, Human Biology, Potsdam, Germany
  • Alan D. Rogol University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA
  • Mirela Iancu Elias University Clinical Hospital, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania
  • Tomasz Hanc Institute of Human Biology and Evolution, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Ul. Uniwersytetu Poznańskiego 6, 61-614 Poznan, Poland
  • Annang Giri Moelyo Pediatric Department, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Moewardi Hospital, Jalan Kolonel Soetarto 132, Surakarta, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia
  • Andrej Suchomlinov Department of Anatomy, Histology and Anthropology, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Lidia Lebedeva Volokolanykoesh 15/22 App 307, 125080 Moscow, Russia
  • Yehuda Limony Oudat St. 48, Beer-Sheva 8481647 Israel
  • Martin Musalek Dept Kinanthropology and Humanities, Jose Mariho 31, 162 52 Prague 6 – Veleslavin, Czech Republic
  • Gudrun Veldre Department of Cardiology 51014 Tartu, Estonia
  • Elena Z. Godina Lomonosov Moscow State University, Anuchin Institute and Museum of Anthropology, Moscow, Russia
  • Sylvia Kirchengast University of Vienna / Department for Evolutionary Anthropology, Althanstr. 14, 1090 Vienna, Austria
  • Rebekka Mumm University of Potsdam, Institute of Biochemistry and Biology, Human Biology, Potsdam, Germany
  • Detlef Groth University of Potsdam, Institute of Biochemistry and Biology, Human Biology, Potsdam, Germany
  • Janina Tutkuviene Department of Anatomy, Histology and Anthropology, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Sonja Böker University of Potsdam, Institute of Biochemistry and Biology, Human Biology, Potsdam, Germany
  • Basak Koca Ozer Ankara University, Faculty of Languages, History and Geography, Dept. of Anthropology
  • Barbara Navazo Laboratorio de Investigaciones en Ontogenia y Adaptación (LINOA).Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Museo, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de Argentina (CONICET)
  • Laure Spake Religion Programme and Centre for Research on Evolution, Belief, and Behaviour, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Slawomir Koziel Hirszfeld Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
  • Michael Hermanussen Aschauhof, 24340 Eckernförde Altenhof, Germany



stunting, birth weight, fear, emotional stress, economy, SEPE


Twenty-one scientists met for this year’s virtual conference on Auxology held at the University Potsdam, Germany, to discuss child and adolescent growth during times of fear and emotional stress. Growth within the broad range of normal for age and sex is considered a sign of good general health whereas fear and emotional stress can lead to growth faltering. Stunting is a sign of social disadvantage and poor parental education. Adverse childhood experiences affect child development, particularly in families with low parental education and low socioeconomic status. Negative effects were also shown in Indian children exposed prenatally and in early postnatal life to the cyclone Aila in 2009. Distrust, fears and fake news regarding the current Corona pandemic received particular attention though the effects generally appeared weak. Mean birth weight was higher; rates of low, very and extremely low birth weight were lower. Other topics discussed by the participants, were the influences of economic crises on birth weight, the measurement of self-confidence and its impact on growth, the associations between obesity, peer relationship, and behavior among Turkish adolescents, height trends in Indonesia, physiological neonatal weight loss, methods for assessing biological maturation in sportsmen, and a new method for skeletal age determination. The participants also discussed the association between acute myocardial infarction and somatotype in Estonia, rural-urban growth differences in Mongolian children, socio-environmental conditions and sexual dimorphism, biological mortality bias, and new statistical techniques for describing inhomogeneity in the association of bivariate variables, and for detecting and visualizing extensive interactions among variables.


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How to Cite

Scheffler, C., Rogol, A. D., Iancu, M., Hanc, T., Moelyo, A. G., Suchomlinov, A., … Hermanussen, M. (2021). Growth during times of fear and emotional stress: Proceedings of the 28th Aschauer Soiree, held at Potsdam, Germany, and online, November 14th 2020. Human Biology and Public Health, 2.



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