April 12, 2017Kane Hall 130, 7:30 PMEnvironmental Experience and Brain Development
The human brain requires a wide variety of environmental inputs to develop normally. What happens when these environmental inputs are absent or atypical? We examine how adverse environmental experiences including abuse, poverty, and neglect influence the developing brain. We demonstrate how the brain mechanisms that help children adapt to adversity may ultimately contribute to poor health later in development.
Katie McLaughlin, PhDLearning from Experience: How does the Developing Brain Adapt to Environmental Adversity?
Exposure to violence and other forms of environmental adversity like poverty, neglect, and unstable caregiving are common among children in the United States. This talk examines how these experiences influence the structure and function of the developing brain. Although neural changes in children who experience adversity are adaptive in the short-term, they have long-term consequences for children’s health and development.
Charles Nelson, PhDExposure to Early Psychosocial Deprivation Can Undermine Healthy Brain Development
Healthy brain development depends on experiences that occur during relatively narrow windows of time. Dr. Nelson will describe a 15-year longitudinal study of children abandoned at birth and raised in orphanages, deprived of many of these critical experiences. This work has relevance for the eight million worldwide raised in institutional settings, and the thousands of U.S. children who experience neglect.
UW Department of Psychology, Guthrie Hall, Box 351525, Seattle, WA 98195