Environmental Factors Impacting the Developing BrainReport from International Neuroethics Society annual meeting
At yesterday’s International Neuroethics Society panel, “The Brain in Context,” three neuroscientists talked about different aspects of the physical and social environments that can affect the developing brain.
The Deprived Brain
Children who lag cognitively after spending time in orphanages can make up the difference by young adulthood, suggest two longitudinal studies, but some behavior and emotional issues remain—or even increase. This suggests that environmental influences might lead to disorders with or without genetic precursors.