Emotional Brain Development

Published: December 13, 2019

Compared to the minds of other species, young human brains are remarkably plastic and adaptable: Over the course of our prolonged childhoods, over one million new neural connections form every second, as we acquire language, play, and interact with parents and caregivers. At this Dana Foundation Brain Lecture, hosted by Secret Science Club, neuroscientist Nim Tottenham, Ph.D., explores human brain development and its relationship to emotional behavior, stress, and well-being. Held at The Bell House in Brooklyn on November 12, 2019. Nim Tottenham is a professor of psychology and the director of the Developmental Affective Neuroscience Lab at Columbia University. Her research examines brain development underlying emotional behavior in humans. She uses brain imaging, behavioral, and physiological methods to examine the development of brain circuitry in children, teens, and their parents. The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization dedicated to advancing understanding about the brain in health and disease through research grants and public outreach. The Secret Science Club is a science lecture, arts, and performance series, based at The Bell House in Brooklyn, curated by Dorian Devins and Margaret Mittelbach.