The Ingredients of Healthy Brain and Child Development


This article by Pat Levitt and Kathie L. Eagleson explains critical developmental stages in early childhood and adolescent brain development. Levitt and Eagleson start by dispelling certain misconceptions about early brain development and then examining the interaction between biological events, social and emotional development, and the role played by early childhood experiences in healthy brain development. Finally, the article discusses the importance of intervention programs on healthy brain development and positive child, adolescent, and adult outcomes.


prenatal, postnatal, adolescent, brain development, cognition, cognitive development, intellectual disability, epigenetics, serve and return, executive function, socioeconomic status, Abecedarian preschool project, maturation, intervention programs, neuroscience



Pat Levitt (Simms/Mann Chair in Developmental Neurogenetics, Institute for the Developing Mind, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Provost Professor of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, Senior Fellow, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University and Co-Scientific Director of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.)
Kathie L. Eagleson (Associate Professor of Research of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine Of University of Southern California, Investigator in Institute for the Developing Mind and Research on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles)



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