Nelson Laboratory | Selected Publications

Selected Journal Articles

Nelson CA & Horowitz FD (1980).  Asymmetry in Facial Expressions.  Science, 209, 834.

Pascalis O+, de Haan M+, & Nelson CA (2002).  Is face processing species specific during the first year of life?  Science, 296, 1321-1323.

Costello EJ, Pine DS, Hammen C,  March JS, Plotsky PM, Weissman MM, Biederman J, Goldsmith HH,  Kaufman J, Lewisnsohn PM, Hellander JD, Hoagwood K, Koretz DS, Nelson CA, & Leckman JF (2002). Development and natural history of mood disorders.  Biological Psychiatry, 52, 529-542.*

Nelson CA & Gottesman II (2005). A piece of a neuroscientist’s mind. Review of the great brain debate: Nature or nurture by John E. Dowling. Science, 307, 1204.

Pascalis O+, Scott LS+, Kelly DJ, Dufour RW, Shannon RW+, Nicholson E+, Petit O, Coleman M, & Nelson CA (2005). Plasticity of face processing in infancy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 102, 5297-5300.

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

Nelson CA, Zeanah CH, Fox N, Marshall PJ, Smyke AT, & Guthrie D (2008). Letter to the editor. Science, 319, 1336-1337.


Leppänen JM+ & Nelson CA (2009). Tuning the developing brain to social signals of emotion. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 10 (1), 37-47.

McLaughlin KA+, Fox NA, Zeanah CH, Sheridan MA+, Marshall PJ, & Nelson CA (2010). Delayed maturation in brain electrical activity partially explains the association between early environmental deprivation and symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Biological Psychiatry 68(4): 329-336.

McLaughlin KA+, Fox NA, Zeanah CH, & Nelson CA (2011). Adverse rearing environments and neural development in children: The development of frontal electroencephalogram asymmetry. Biological Psychiatry, 70: 1008-1015.

Sheridan MS+, Fox NA, Zeanah CH, McLaughlin K+, & Nelson CA (2012). Variation in neural development as a result of exposure to institutionalization early in childhood. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109(32):12927-12932.

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.


Khwaja OS, Ho ES, Barnes KV, O'Leary HM, Pereira L, Finkelstein Y, Nelson CA, Vogel-Farley V, DeGregorio G+, Holm IA, Khatwa U, Kapur K, Alexander ME, Finnegan DM, Cantwell NG, Walco AC, Rappaport LA, Gregas M, Fichorova RN, Shannon MW, Sur M, & Kaufmann WE (2014). Safety, pharmacokinetics, and preliminary assessment of efficacy of mecasermin (recombinant human-IGF1) for the treatment of Rett Syndrome. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111 (12): 4596-4601.


McLaughlin KA+, Sheridan MA+, Winter W, Fox NA, Zeanah CH, & Nelson CA (2014). Widespread reductions in cortical thickness following severe early-life deprivation: A neurodevelopmental pathway to Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Biological Psychiatry, 76(8): 629-638.


McLaughlin KA+, Sheridan M­+­, Tibu F, Fox NA, Zeanah CH, & Nelson CA (2015). Causal effects of the early caregiving environment on development of stress response systems in children. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112 (8), 5637-5642.


McLaughlin K+, Sheridan MA+, & Nelson CA (2017). Neglect as a violation of species-expectant experience: Neurodevelopmental consequences. Biological Psychiatry, 82(7): 462-471.


Selected Book Publications

Nelson CA, Fox NA, & Zeanah, CH (2014). Romania’s Abandoned Children: Deprivation, Brain Development and the Struggle for Recovery.  Harvard University Press: Cambridge, MA


Bloom FE, Nelson CA, & Lazerson A (2001). Brain, Mind, and Behavior (3rd ed). New York: Worth Publishing.


Nelson CA, de Haan M+, & Thomas KM+ (2006). Neuroscience and Cognitive Development: The Role of Experience and the Developing Brain. New York: John Wiley & Sons.