Experience-dependent learning mechanisms in affective development  

Abstract: Children who are exposed to highly stressful environments are at
heightened risk for developing mental health problems. Yet, we do not
have a clear understanding of how early experiences affect children's
brain development. Nor have we specified the underlying
neuro-developmental mechanisms conferring such risk. This presentation
will address questions about the developmental processes affected by
early emotional experience using techniques and approaches from the
emerging field of developmental affective neuroscience. The
presentation will highlight a central issue in the field of
biobehavioral development: what are the relative contributions and
constraints of innate structure and environmental input in the
developmental organization of emotional behavior?


Dr. Seth Pollack
Department of Psychology, Psychiatry, Pediatrics
University of Wisconsin at Madison