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Early Experience and Brain Development

Dr. McLaughlin is a collaborator on the Bucharest Early Intervention Project (BEIP), a study examining the impact of early experience on brain and behavioral development.  The study has followed a group of children who were raised in institutional settings in Bucharest, Romania from infancy through early adolescence. 

Half of the children raised in institutions were placed in a high-quality foster-care program developed by the study investigators.  Dr. McLaughlin is involved in assessing a variety of measures of physiological reactivity to stress in a current assessment of the children at age 12 years and has collaborated with the BEIP group on a number of projects examining the neural mechanisms linking early adversity to mental disorders in this sample. 

The principal investigators of the BEIP are Charles Nelson, Nathan Fox, and Charles Zeanah.

For more information about the BEIP, please click here.

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