Psychology Colloquium: Parental Brain Plasticity: The Interplay of Parenthood and Stress
Speaker: Pilyoung Kim, University of Denver
Title: Parental Brain Plasticity: The Interplay of Parenthood and Stress
Abstract: The early postpartum period represents a sensitive period when new mothers and fathers adapt to the highly challenging tasks they encounter in taking care of a newborn. Whether the new parents successfully adapt to parenting or not is critically associated with infants' developmental outcomes. In this talk, the speaker will review the structural and functional plasticity in human parents' brains, and how such plasticity supports parents' psychological adaptation to parenting and sensitive caregiving for their infants. The speaker will also discuss the early postpartum period as a window of vulnerabilities and opportunities when the parental brain is influenced by stress and psychopathology, but also susceptible to interventions.
Faculty Host: Rebecca Ryan
***A reception will take place directly after the talk.***
Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm
37th and O St., N.W., Washington