Childhood brain development is a fascinating field of study. Our adult brains weren’t just given to us. They were also built over time based on our experiences. This video explains how the experiences that we have in the early years of our lives mold our brain architecture.

Video Summary

Positive interactions between young children and their caregivers build the architecture of their developing brains. “Serve and return” interactions start a baby down the road of a healthy brain foundation. Stress is also important for brain development. Good stress like meeting new people prepares kids to cope with future challenges. Toxic stress like abuse or neglect may damage the basic structures of a child’s brain, making the person more prone to addiction or other bad habits. The early development of basic emotional and social skills, which scientists call executive function and self-regulation, is also key to the formation of a mature and well-functioning brain.