Speaker Series: Breakthrough Research on Building Better Brains

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Watch the discussion on breakthrough brain development research, led by Dr. Jack Shonkoff, director of Harvard's Center on the Developing Child and chairman of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. Revolutionary research reveals that persistent highly adverse experiences actually damage a child's brain circuits. Toxic stress in children comes from living with physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, exposure to violence, severe maternal depression and prolonged economic hardship. These children not only become poor learners; they suffer lifelong negative consequences, such as higher rates of heart disease and substance abuse. To address toxic stress in children’s lives, communities need innovative educational, health and social solutions.

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