Notre Dame symposium to address nature/nurture and early human experience

Author: Susan Guibert

Human Nature and Early Experience

The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Children and Families is hosting a national symposium, “Human Nature and Early Experience: Addressing the ‘Environment of Evolutionary Adaptedness,’” Oct. 10 to 12 (Sunday to Tuesday) at McKenna Hall on Notre Dame’s campus.

Nationally renowned scholars from several disciplines will present research on the psychological, anthropological and biological conditions related to the optimal brain and body system development in human beings.

Experts’ presentations will reexamine the influence of early experience on child outcomes, and how human beings’ emotions develop and function. There is growing evidence that particular childrearing practices positively or negatively impact brain development, and evidence that the ways we are rearing our children today are not the ways humans are designed to thrive.

Details of the symposium, including speakers’ biographies and scheduled presentations are available here.