Skip to main content
KBS_Icon_questionmark link-ico

When Bad Things Happen to Good Brains: The Effects of Early Life Stress and Adversity - 6 January 2021

Please note that this event has passed.

Speaker: Dr Charles Nelson, Professor of Paediatrics and Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, Director of Research in the Division of Developmental Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital

Chair: Dr Ted Barker, Reader in Developmental Psychopathology, Department of Psychology, King's College London

In this talk Dr Charles Nelson will begin by providing a conceptual framework for experience-dependent development, followed by a a high-level discussion of the effects of early adversity. He will focus on early life stress and profound neglect. 


Dr. Nelson received an honours degree in Psychology from McGill University, a Masters degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, and his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas (in developmental and child psychology). He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in electrophysiology at the University of Minnesota, joined the faculty of Purdue University in 1984, moved to the University of Minnesota in 1986, and moved to Boston in 2005.

Dr. Nelson chaired the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Early Experience and Brain Development, and served on the National Academy of Sciences panel that wrote From Neurons to Neighbourhoods.

The Nelson Laboratory conducts research on a variety of problems in developmental cognitive neuroscience. One line of research concerns typical and atypical memory development. Results collected over the past few years in healthy infants suggest that some forms of explicit memory (sub-served by the medial temporal lobe) come "on-line" sometime after six months of life and undergo a reorganisation as children approach one year of age.

A second theme of the Nelson Lab is concerned with infants' and children's ability to recognise faces and facial emotion.

A final and dominant theme of the lab is concerned with the role of experience in influencing the course of brain development. 

Charles Nelson
Dr Charles Nelson

Please register via Zoom, all registered attendees will receive an email with access information.

This event will be recorded.

At this event

Ted Barker

Ted Barker

Professor in Development and Psychopathology

Search for another event

Event details

6 January 2021

Online event