Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

The Talks at Google podcast - where great minds meet.

Talks at Google brings the world’s most influential thinkers, creators, makers, and doers all to one place. Every episode is taken from a video that can be seen at

Dec 1, 2020

Psychologist and neuroscientist Dr. Nim Tottenham highlights evidence showing how early social experiences may influence development through learning and modification of developmental pathways. These age-related changes will be discussed in terms of potential developmental sensitive periods for environmental influence.

Compared to other species, human brain development is very slow, thus maximizing its chances of being influenced by environmental factors. In fact, it is this prolonged development that optimizes human brain development for learning from its environment. Variations in early experiences and environments reveal the profound effects of these influences on emotional development and associated neurobiology.

Nim Tottenham, PhD is a Professor of Psychology at Columbia University and Director of the Developmental Affective Neuroscience Laboratory. Her research examines brain development underlying emotional behavior in humans, and has highlighted fundamental changes in brain circuitry across development and the powerful role that early experiences, such as caregiving and stress, have on the construction of these circuits. She has authored over 100 journal articles and book chapters and is a frequent lecturer both nationally and internationally on human brain and emotional development. A Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, her scientific contributions have been recognized by the National Institute of Mental Health Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) Award, the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology, most recently by the National Academy of Sciences Troland Research Award.

Moderated by Luke Li.

Visit to watch the video.