Wednesday, April 10, 2019
1:00–2:30 p.m.


Nexus Building, Room 239

Emotional Brain Development and the Role of Early Experiences

Please join us for a lecture of the Lindemann Lectures in Neuroscience series, as the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology welcome Nim Tottenham, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Columbia University and Director of the Developmental Affective Neuroscience Laboratory who will discuss her work on variations in early species-typical experiences, such as parental caregiving, and reveal the profound effects on the development of neurocircuitry involved in effective learning and regulation (e.g., amygdala, hippocampus, medial prefrontal cortex). This talk will focus on both typical developments as well as development following caregiver deprivation showing that early life early environments may influence development through learning as well as altering developmental pacing of this circuitry. These age-related changes will be discussed in terms of potential developmental sensitive periods for environmental influence.

About the Speaker

Dr. Nim Tottenham is a Professor of Psychology at Columbia University and Director of the Developmental Affective Neuroscience Laboratory. Her research examines brain development underlying emotional behavior in humans. Her research has highlighted fundamental changes in brain circuitry across development and the powerful role that early experiences, such as caregiving and stress, have on the construction of these circuits. She has authored over 80 journal articles and book chapters. She is a frequent lecturer, both nationally and internationally, on the human brain and emotional development. She is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and her scientific contributions have been recognized by the National Institute of Mental Health Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) Award, the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology, and the Developmental Science Early Career Researcher Prize.


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Dominic Fareri
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