There has been a burgeoning of interest in the relation between biological development--particularly brain development--and behavioral development. This shift in focus does a better job of reflecting the whole child and all of development. Not surprisingly, many of the individuals who are concerned with the theoretical side of brain-behavior relations are also concerned with the more practical side. The chapters that comprise this 31st volume of the Minnesota Symposium series collectively capture the subtle dance between the biological and behavioral aspects of early adversity as it influences neurobehavioral development. Individuals interested in this volume represent the disciplines of developmental psychology and psychopathology, child psychiatry, toxicology, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, behavioral neurology, and special education.
Contents: Preface. R. Rao, M.K. Georgieff, Early Nutrition and Brain Development. S.A. Rose, J.F. Feldman, The Relation of Very Low Birthweight to Basic Cognitive Skills in Infancy and Childhood. S.W. Jacobson, J.L. Jacobson, Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol: Is There a Distinctive Neurobehavioral Profile? D.E. Johnson, Medical and Developmental Sequelae of Early Childhood Institutionalization in International Adoptees From Romania and the Russian Federation. M.R. Gunnar, Early Adversity and the Development of Stress Reactivity and Regulation. M.L. Schneider, C.F. Moore, Effects of Prenatal Stress on Development: A Nonhuman Primate Model. G. Dawson, S. Ashman, On the Origins of a Vulnerability to Depression: The Influence of the Early Social Environment on the Development of Psychobiological Systems Related to Risk for Affective Disorder. K.R. Merikangas, Familial and Genetic Factors and Psychopathology.