Center on the Developing Child

How Childhood Neglect and Abuse Impacts the Brain

Neglect, abuse, and other forms of maltreatment can produce lifelong changes in brain architecture. However, supportive, responsive relationships with adults can help prevent or mitigate such damaging effects. In this story, WBUR’s “Radio Boston” speaks with Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff about how serve and return interactions promote healthy brain development, and why it’s time to use this science to create more effective interventions. This piece also includes a segment from WBUR’s “Brain Matters” series, which features interviews with Shonkoff and Center-affiliated faculty member Charles A. Nelson III.

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