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Journal Articles
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Almas AN, Degnan KA, Radulescu A, Nelson CA, Zeanah CH, & Fox NA (2012). Effects of early intervention and the moderating effects of brain activity on institutionalized children's social skills at age 8. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109(2), 17228-17231).

Tierney AL, Gabard-Durnam L, Vogel-Farley V, Tager-Flusberg H, & Nelson CA (2012, epub). Developmental trajectories of resting EEG power: An endophenotype of autism spectrum disorder. PLoS One, 7(6).

Balas B, Westerlund A, Hung K, & Nelson CA (2011). Shape, color, and the other-race effect in the infant brain. Developmental Science, 14(4), 892-900.

Bosl WJ, Tierney A, Tager-Flusberg H, & Nelson CA (2011). EEG Complexity as a biomarker for ASD risk. BMC-Medicine, 9(18).

Luyster RJ, Wagner JB, Vogel-Farley V, Tager-Flusberg H, & Nelson CA (2011). Neural correlates of familiar and unfamiliar face processing in infants at risk for autism. Brain Topography, 24(3-4), 220-228.

Drury SS, Theall KP, Gleason MM, Smyke AT, Devivo I, Wong JYY, Fox NA, Zeanah CH, & Nelson CA (2011). Telomere length and early severe social deprivation: Linking early adversity and cellular aging. Molecular Psychiatry, 17(7), 719-727.

Aflaki P, Nelson CA, Balas B, Pomahac B (2010). Simulated central face transplantation: Age consideration in matching donors and recipients. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery,63(3), 283-285.

Fox SE, Levitt P, & Nelson, CA (2010). How the timing and quality of early experiences influence the development of brain architecture. Child Development,81(1), 28-40.

Vanderwert RE, Marshall PJ, Nelson CA, Zeanah CH, & Fox NA (2010). Timing of intervention affects brain electrical activity in children exposed to severe psychosocial neglect. PLoSOne, 5(7), 1-5.

Leppänen JM, Nelson CA (2009). Tuning the developing brain to social signals of emotion. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 10, 37-47.

Nelson CA, Furtado EA, Fox NA, & Zeanah CH (2009). The deprived human brain.  American Scientist, 97(3), 222 – 229.

Moulson MC, Westerlund A, & Nelson CA (2009). The effects of early experience on face recognition: An event-related potential study of institutionalized children in Romania.  Child Development,80(4), 1039-1056.

Zeanah CH, Egger HL, Smyke AT, Nelson CA, Fox NA, Marshall PJ, & Guthrie D (2009). Institutional rearing and psychiatric disorders in Romanian preschool children. American Journal of Psychiatry,166, 777-785.

Richmond J, & Nelson CA (2009). Relational memory during infancy: Evidence from eye tracking. Developmental Science, 12(4), 549-556.

Jeste SS, & Nelson CA (2009). Event related potentials in the understanding of autism spectrum disorders: An analytical review. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 39, 495-510.

Tottenham N, Tanaka JW, Leon A, McCarry T, Nurse M, Hare TA, Marcus DJ+, Westerlund A, Casey BJ, & Nelson CA (2009). The NimStim set of facial expressions: Judgments from untrained research participants. Psychiatry Research, 168(3), 242-249.

Nelson CA, McCleery JP (2008). The use of event-related potentials in the study of typical and atypical development.  Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47(11), 1252-1261.

Nelson CA, Zeanah CH, Fox NA, Marshall PJ, Smyke A, & Guthrie D (2007). Cognitive recovery in socially deprived young children: The Bucharest Early Intervention Project. Science, 318, 1937-1940.

Books by Dr. Nelson

Romania's Abandoned Children
Deprivation, Brain Development, and the Struggle for Recovery

By Charles A. Nelson, Nathan A. Fox & Charles H. Zeanah

We are excited to share with you Dr. Nelson's new book about the Bucharest Early Intervention Project: Romania’s Abandoned Children: Deprivation, Brain Development, and the Struggle for Recovery. Published by Harvard University Press, the book presents the full history of the project, our findings from the first eight years, and our recommendations for policy makers, providers, and researchers based on what we've learned thus far.

Click on the links below to read reviews of "Romania's Abandoned Children: Deprivation, Brain Development, and the Struggle for Recovery":

Foreign Affairs
Times Higher Education



Neuroscience and Cognitive Development
The Role of Experience and the Developing Brain

By Charles A. Nelson, Kathleen M. Thomas & Michelle de Haan





Brain, Mind, and Behavior (3rd ed)
By Floyd Blood, Charles A. Nelso &, Arlyne Lazerson


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