The Effects of Early Adversity on Life-long Development

TUE, OCT 18, 2016 (49:26)

Tens of millions of children around the world are exposed to profound adversity early in life. In high resource countries such as the United States, this can include growing up poor, exposure to domestic or neighborhood violence, growing up with a parent with a significant mental health problem; in low resource settings, this can also include food scarcity, lack of clean water and poor sanitation.

In this talk Charles Nelson will discuss the effects of early profound adversity on child and brain development.

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+ BIO: Charles Nelson III

Charles A. Nelson III, PhD, is Professor of Pediatrics and Neuroscience and Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and holds the Richard David Scott Chair in Pediatric Developmental Medicine Research at Boston Children’s Hospital. His research interests center on a variety of problems in developmental cognitive neuroscience, including: typical and atypical memory development; the development of social perception; developmental trajectories to autism; and the effects of early adversity on brain and behavioral development.

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