Nim Tottenham - Professor of Psychology, Columbia University

Department Chair & Principal Investigator of Developmental Affective Neuroscience Lab
Oct 7, 2024, 12:00 pm1:00 pm


Event Description

Development of emotion regulation neurobiology & parental care

The slow pace of human brain development maximizes its chances of being influenced by environmental factors and optimizes for learning from the social environment. In particular, parental caregiving provides significant scaffolding for the development of neurocircuitry involved in affective learning and regulation (e.g., amygdala, hippocampus, medial prefrontal cortex). Specifically, I offer a hypothesis that the affective knowledge represented in this neurobiology in part reflects consolidated interpersonal-affective memories abstracted from early caregiving experiences that give rise to emotion regulation processes. This talk will focus on both typical developmental contexts as well as development following caregiving-related adversity showing that early life environments may influence development through learning and modification of developmental trajectories. These age-related changes will be discussed in terms of potential developmental sensitive periods for caregiving influences.

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Department of Psychology
Molly Crockett
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