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Early adverse experiences: what does the latest brain research tell us?

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Author(s)

Bick, Johanna -

Nelson, Charles A.

Published by

Bernard van Leer Foundation

Periodical

Early Childhood Matters

Volume

07/2015

Date

2015

Pages

p. 10-13

Language

English

This article provides an overview of brain development. Starting with four basic principles, it goes on to explain why early experiences have such a powerful role in shaping developmental trajectories and draws attention to the deleterious impact of early adverse experiences on the developing brain. It concludes by discussing evidence suggesting the potential for recovery, both at the level of the brain and in behaviour, and implications for prevention and intervention.