Exposure to Early Psychosocial Deprivation Can Undermine Healthy Brain Development

May 16, 2017

Healthy brain development depends on experiences that occur during relatively narrow windows of time. Dr. Charles Nelson describes 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.

Charles A. Nelson III, Ph.D., professor of pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital,
director of research, Developmental Medicine Center, Harvard University