Love and Attention: Main Ingedients in Early Childhood Development

Posted: July 11th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: brain development, neglect | Tags: , | Comments Off on Love and Attention: Main Ingedients in Early Childhood Development

There was an interesting topic on Oprah the other day which talked about neglect of a child and the effects it has on the brain.  Amazing.  Let’s never forget the importance of a hug to a child.

Effects of neglect

These images from Bruce Perry, MD, Ph D, at Baylor Colledge of Medicine, illustrate the negative impact on the developing brain.  In the CT scan on the left is an image from a healthy 3 year old with an average head size.  The image on the right is from a 3 year old child suffering from neglect.  This child’s brain is smaller than average and has abnormal developent of cortex.


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