Resources for Early Childhood Development
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That parents are increasingly stressed is no surprise. But how might that stress drip down on their babies?
Brains are built. Our early relationships and environments, our history, literally get under the skin and shape the architecture of our developing brain.
How do our social environments (nurturing, toxic, and in-between) alter the epigenetic ‘dimmer switches’ that turn our genes on and off—with enduring consequences?
Humans are resilient organisms and studies show that negative epigenetic effects need not be permanent.
Which neuron is damaged by toxic stress? For neuroscientists, the answer is clear.
Scientists detected changes in the brain architecture of 18 year-olds whose parents had reported being under chronic stress when those same adolescents were babies.