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Brain Awareness Night – March 20, 2014


Please join us for our annual Brain Awareness Symposium in collaboration with the Urban Child Institute and Department of Preventative Medicine, March 20, 2014, from 5:00-8:00PM at the Urban Child Institute (600 Jefferson Ave). Speakers are Drs. Clancy Blair and Nathan Fox, and the topic is “Brain Development and Success in School and Life:  Can Intervention Recover Missed Opportunities?”. Interested parties need to register for this free event at https://www.urbanchildinstitute.org/brain-awareness-2014. Refreshments will be served from 5:00 ­- 6:00PM.

Dr. Clancy Blair, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University. Dr. Blair’s talk will focus on the following questions: how is the brain’s capacity for managing complex skills, known as executive functions, developed? How are executive functions shaped in early development by negative emotional and stressful experiences such as poverty and by positive experiences such as innovative early educational programs?

Dr. Nathan Fox, PhD is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at University of Maryland. Dr. Fox’s talk will focus on the following questions: are there lasting effects on children of early psychosocial deprivation? Is intervention possible for ameliorating deficits suffered early in development such as institutionalization? Is there a period of time, a sensitive period, when intervention has an optimal effect?