Stress and the Social Brain

This is just a quick post to mention that our Formative Experiences co-editor – child psychiatrist Daniel S. Schechter of University of Geneva and Columbia University – is giving a talk on “Traumatic stress and mothers’ capacity to engage in mutual regulation of emotion with their very young children” as part of a symposium on “Stress, the Social Brain, and Psychopathology,” which will take place on March 14–15, 2011, in Lausanne, Switzerland. The meeting is hosted by Carmen Sandi’s group, the Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics, which is part of the Brain Mind Institute (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne).

For all of us who can’t make the conference, Dan has a terrific, comprehensive  essay featured in the February edition of  Cerebrum, a Dana Foundation publication, on “Forecasting aggression: Toward a new interdisciplinary understanding of what makes some troubled youth turn violent.”

Finally, a video of Bruce McEwen’s more general talk, “Neuroscience perspectives of stress and brain and body health: Importance of the social environment,” which he gave at the inaugural conference of the Society for Social Neuroscience, is available at the s4sn.org site.

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About Constance A. Cummings

Constance A. Cummings, PhD, is Project Director of the non-profit Foundation for Psychocultural Research, which supports and advances interdisciplinary research and scholarship at the intersection of brain, mind, culture, and mental health and illness. She is co-editor (with Carol Worthman, Paul Plotsky, and Dan Schechter) of Formative Experiences: The Interaction of Caregiving, Culture, and Developmental Psychobiology (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and (with Laurence Kirmayer and Rob Lemelson) the forthcoming Re-Visioning Psychiatry: Cultural Phenomenology, Critical Neuroscience, and Global Mental Health (Cambridge, 2015). She received her doctorate in theoretical linguistics from New York University.

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