Category Archives: Brain Research

The Human Brain’s Need For a “Social Womb” During Infancy

In this article “The Human Brain’s Need for a Social Womb During Infancy” J. Ronald Lally tells us why the young brain needs a protected and nurtured experience equivalent to the protection a fetus receives in the womb. Because of the lasting impact of early brain structuring, Lally argues that whether a baby is cared […]

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News Roundup March 31st

Senate Passes Child Care and Community Block Grant Reauthorization On March 13, 2014, the Senate voted 96 to 2 to pass S. 1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (CCDBG), reauthorizing the the CCDBG Act of 1990 through Fiscal Year 2020.  The bill was lauded as an example of how the Senate […]

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News Roundup January 13th

A New Study Suggests a Father’s Diet and Folate (Vitamin B9) Levels Before Conception May Be as Important to Infant Health and Development as That of the Mother A recent study from McGill University using mice with low paternal dietary folate levels showed alterations in mouse sperm epigenome associated with negative pregnancy outcomes. This study […]

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New Video from Harvard: The Science of Neglect

Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child’s “InBrief Series” is one to check out. This series includes short (one page) summaries and video companion pieces on recent scientific presentations and research on the science of early childhood development and early childhood program evaluation. A new video in this series, “The Science of Neglect“, is a 6 […]

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The Human Brain’s Need for a “Social Womb” During Infancy

In this article “The Human Brain’s Need for a Social Womb During Infancy” J. Ronald Lally tells us why the young brain needs a protected and nurtured experience equivalent to the protection a fetus receives in the womb. Because of the lasting impact of early brain structuring, Lally argues that whether a baby is cared […]

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News Roundup November 22nd

Pre-natal Exposure to Music Induces Lasting Neural Effects Pre-natal sound exposure is found to induce long-term neural effects in this recent study out of the University of Helsinki, Finland. The study was composed of a learning group and a control group of pregnant women in their last semester, with the learning group listening intensely to […]

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News Roundup November 8th

Earliest Marker for Autism Found in Young Infants Autism isn’t usually diagnosed until after age 2. This study, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health, was published this month in the journal Nature. It reveals the earliest sign of developing autism ever observed — a steady […]

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FAQ About Brain Development in Early Years

Ever wonder which plays a more important role in brain development, nature (genes) or nurture (environment)? Or how developed is the brain by birth? Or maybe what role parents play in a baby’s brain development? ZERO TO THREE has compiled a comprehensive set of frequently asked questions about brain development that provides research-based answers to […]

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News Roundup January 28

Legislation Focusing on the Zero to Three Population Nebraska State Senator John Harms has introduced a bill to the State Legislature to help fund early childhood education programs for at-risk children from zero to three. If it passes, the bill would appropriate $10 million from the state’s general fund each year for 2013-14 and 2014-15 […]

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Three Core Concepts in Early Development

As we think about how to protect children and families, we’d be smart to pay attention to the latest research in early brain development.  A three-part video series from the Center on the Developing Child shows how advances in science now give us a much better understanding of how early experiences are built into our bodies […]

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