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Graphic showing how toxic stress overtaxes the cardiovascular system

Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development (Icelandic)

Learning how to cope with adversity is an important part of healthy development. While moderate, short-lived stress responses in the body can promote growth, toxic stress is the strong, unrelieved activation of the body’s stress management system in the absence of protective adult support. Without caring adults to buffer children, the unrelenting stress caused by […]

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Serve and return video still showing a caregiver interacting with an infant, with a graphic showing a developing brain overlaid

Serve & Return Interaction Shapes Brain Circuitry (Icelandic)

One of the most essential experiences in shaping the architecture of the developing brain is “serve and return” interaction between children and significant adults in their lives. Young children naturally reach out for interaction through babbling, facial expressions, and gestures, and adults respond with the same kind of vocalizing and gesturing back at them. This […]

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Experiences Build Brain Architecture video still, showing neurons firing and growing

Experiences Build Brain Architecture (Icelandic)

The basic architecture of the brain is constructed through a process that begins early in life and continues into adulthood. Simpler circuits come first and more complex brain circuits build on them later. Genes provide the basic blueprint, but experiences influence how or whether genes are expressed. Together, they shape the quality of brain architecture […]

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