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Press coverage of Dr. Nelson and the Nelson Lab

"Charlie Rose Brain Series: The Biology of Parenting"
Charlie Rose, May 26th, 2015. 

Windows of Opportunity: Their Seductive Appeal
Brookings, October 22, 2015.

"The Brain with David Eagleman"
PBS, October 21, 2015. 

Early childhood brain development sets the stage for learning throughout life, experts say, October 15, 2015

"Early childhood neglect impairs mechanisms for communicating across brain regions"
Cognitive Neuroscience Society, September 30th, 2015.

"Every child needs to know he's wonderful"
Greenville Journal, August 7, 2015.

"Life Lottery"
Süddeutsche Zeitung, July 18, 2015.

"Does autism stress families’ chromosomes?"
Vector, July 9, 2015.

"Short chromosome caps may up autism risk in families"
SFARI, July 6, 2015

"A world without orphans"
Missions Dilemma, June 23, 2015.

"Early adversity and the brain: Bangladeshi children may provide lessons"
Vector, June 9, 2015.

"Time in orphanage blunts stress response later"
Epoch Times, April 28, 2015.

"Early neglect and deprivation change the body's stress response systems"

Vector, April 22, 2015. 

"Surviving through age 18 in Detroit"

The Detroit News, March 24, 2015.


"New Data on Environmental Factors"
Autism Science Fdn, February 12, 2015.

"Autism-like behaviors, impaired nerve tracts found in institutionalized children"
Vector, February 10, 2015.

"Abandoned kids see changes in brain structure"
Medpage Today, January 28, 2015. 

"Neglect linked to changes in neurocognitive behavioral functioning"
Healio, January 27, 2015. 

"Physical Brain Changes in Neglected Kids"
HCP Live, January 27, 2015. 

"Child neglect linked with changes to brain's white matter"
Medical News Today, January 27, 2015.

"Institutional neglect changes kids' brain structure"
Fox News, January 27, 2015.

"Being neglected harms brain development in kids"
Time, January 27, 2015 

"Brain white matter changes seen in children who experience neglect"
Science Daily, January 26, 2015.


"Brain white matter changes seen in children who experience neglect"

Medical Xpress, January 26, 2015. 

"Institutional neglect changes kids' brain structure"

Reuters, January 26, 2015.


"Childhood neglect erodes the brain"

Science, January 26, 2015.


“Uma Bela Sinfonia Pueril”
Ciencia, January 13, 2015.


"The first year"
National Geographic, January 2015.

"Forgotten Children"
Foreign Affairs, December 2, 2014.

"Discovery Museums plans exhibit for the very, very young"
The Boston Globe, November 23, 2014.

"Life after stress: the biology of trauma and resilience"
NEPR, November 13th, 2014.

"Institutional rearing may increase risk attention-deficit disorder"
Medical Press, October 14, 2014.

"Dr. Charles Nelson: Embracing the challenges of scientific research on the effects of early adversity on brain and behavioral development"
People Behind the Science, October 13, 2014.

"Neglected children in Blackstone have tough recovery"
The Boston Globe, September 19, 2014. 

"Study: Kids in orphanages can do as well as those in foster care"
NPR, August 29th, 2014.

"An experiment in zero parenting"
Science, August 14th, 2014.

"Distinct features signal autism risk in tuberous sclerosis"
SFARI, July 7, 2014

"Romania's abandoned children"
ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), July 6, 2014

"How childhood neglect harms the brain"
WBUR, June 26, 2014

"Anticipating autism through functional neuroimaging"
Vector, June 11, 2014

"'Romania's Abandoned Children' looks at the damage of neglect"
CIFAR, June 2014

"Early neglect does affect brain development"
The Guardian, May 1, 2014

"Orphans' lonely beginnings reveal how parents shape a child's brain"
NPR, February 24, 2014

"Bringing home plight of abandoned children"
The Boston Globe, February 17, 2014

"Romanian orphans subjected to deprivation must now deal with dysfunction"
The Washington Post, January 30, 2014

"Romanian orphan tries to 'close the chapter' on his troubled past"
The Washington Post, January 30, 2014

"How can scientists act ethically when they are studying the victims of a human tragedy, such as the Romanian Orphans?"
Aeon Magazine, July 29, 2013

"Electroencephalography (EEG): Opening New Windows Into the Developing Brain"
Autism Consortium, June 3, 2013

"Best bet for children: loving parents, experts tell Senate panel"
NOLA, May 21, 2013

"Today's Oliver Twist"
IADB, May 21, 2013

"Anguish of the Abandoned Child"
Scientific AmericanApril 2013

"Visionary research on Rett syndrome"
Vector, December 26, 2012

"Die Folgen der Isolation"
Die Zeit, December 13, 2012

"The First Steps"
Nature, Vol 491, November 2012

"Charles Nelson: Searching for Early Signs of Autism"
SFARI: Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative, July 23, 2012

"How Might Autistic Children Be Similar? In Their Brainwaves"
CommonHealth, June 26, 2012

"Brain Activity Differs in Infant Siblings of Children With Autism"
Autism Speaks, June 29, 2012

"Tipping the Scales Toward Environment vs. Genetics in New Autism Research"
Radio Boston, July 7, 2011

"Brain Waves Detect Babies' Potential Risk of Autism"
ABC News, February 22, 2011

"Brain Scans May Someday Detect Autism", February 22, 2011

"The Two Year Window: The new science of babies and brain--and how it could revolutionize the fight against poverty"
The New Republic, November 9, 2011

"HMS Professor's Work Details Devastating Toll of Romanian Orphanages"
Harvard Gazette, October 5, 2010

"Decoding Autism"
NJN Public Television, September 2010

"Saving Face: Infants may be more skilled than adults at facial recognition"
Harvard Medicine, Spring 2010

"What Is Neuroscience Telling Us About Babies?"
Ab Initio International, Summer 2010

"The Science of Reading a Face"
Good Morning America, December 4, 2009

"Babies May Read Your Poker Face", November 13, 2009

"Hub Lab Writing the Book on Face-Reading"
Boston Globe, November 10, 2009

"Autism Genes"
NOVA Science NOW, July 7, 2009

"Arresting autism: A sibling study finds clues about the complex condition"
Dream Magazine, Summer 2009
Click here to see Dr. Nelson speak about the Infant Sibling Project.

"Looking for Answers on Autism"
The TODAY Show, April 2, 2009

"The Brains of Babes"
CBC Radio One, March 9, 2009

"The Developing Child"
Harvard Magazine, March-April 2009

"Race Through a Baby's Eyes"
Vector Magazine, Fall 2008

"Scientists Use Monkeys to Dip Into How Kids Think"
New England Cable News (NECN), July 31, 2008

"How do Babies Respond to Different Races?"
New England Cable News (NECN), July 25, 2008

"With children being adopted from abroad at older ages, concerns for their health grow"
The Boston Globe, July 7, 2008

"The Art of Perception"
Harvard Medical Labcast, June 20, 2008

"Cognitive Recovery in Socially Deprived Young Children: The Bucharest Early Intervention Project"
Nelson et al. (2007). Cognitive Recovery in Socially Deprived Young Children: The Bucharest Early Intervention Project. Science. 318, 1937 - 1940.

For further coverage of Dr. Nelson's Science article click on the following links:

"A Spectrum of Disorders"
Harvard Magazine, January-February 2008

"Institutionalized Children in Serbia" (includes potentially troubling images)
The TODAY Show, November, 2007

"The Long Road Home"
Dream (Boston Children's Hospital Magazine), Spring 2007

"Rewiring the Brain: Early deprivation and child development" (includes potentially troubling images)
American Radio Works, September, 2006

"Researchers Still Learning from Romania's Orphans"
All Things Considered, National Public Radio (NPR), September 16, 2006

"Extreme Parenting"
On Point with Tom Ashbrook, WBUR Radio, Boston, June 22, 2006

A loving family can boost children's intelligence
The Guardian (UK), February 18, 2006

Exploring a Hormone for Caring
The New York Times, November 22, 2005

"Reading Your Baby's Mind"
Newsweek, August 15, 2005

Inside the Teenage Brain
Frontline (PBS), January 31, 2002

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