Indiana University

The Speech Research Laboratory is a part of the Psychological and Brain Sciences department at Indiana University in Bloomington.
1101 E. 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

24th Mar 2014

Speech Research Lab Meeting – Friday March 28 – Marc Bornstein

This week’s SRL meeting is presented jointly with the Developmental Seminar and we are pleased to welcome Dr. Marc Bornstein from the NIH. The title and abstract for the talk are provided below. All are welcome and invited to attend.

Where: Psychology Conference Room 128
When: Friday, March 28, 1:30pm

Title: A Behavioral Neuroscience of Parenting
Marc H. Bornstein
Editor, Parenting: Science and Practice
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Human caregiving has evolutionary bases and is constituted of many highly conserved actions.  Infant cries capture our attention, and we cannot resist reacting to them. When we engage infants, we unconsciously, automatically, and thoroughgoingly change our speech – in prosody, lexicon, syntax, pragmatics, and content – and do so knowing full well babies cannot understand what we say. Behavioral and cultural study reveal some universal forms of parenting that guide formulating testable hypotheses about autonomic and central nervous system substrates of parenting.  In this talk, I first discuss parenting and a general orientation toward this evolutionarily significant and individually important activity in terms of its nature, structure, and goals. Next, I review behavioral and cross-cultural research designed to uncover commonly expressed – perhaps universal — approaches to parenting infants and young children.  I then turn to describe an experimental neuroscience of parenting in studies of autonomic nervous system reactivity (in vagal tone and thermoregulation) and central nervous system function (using TMS, EEG/ERP, and fMRI). Because the intersection of parenting and neuroscience is still a rather new discipline, I forecast some frontiers of this budding field before reaching some general conclusions.  I hope that my talk will have value and meaning for experimentalists to understand process; for developmentalists to understand process through time; and for clinicians, to understand process through time to improve life and well-being in children, parents, and families.

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