Charles A. Nelson Developmental Cognitive Neuroscientist
Over the last two decades, Charles Nelson has focused his research efforts on the development and neural bases of memory; recognition and processing of objects, faces, and emotion; and neural plasticity. He has a particular interest in how early experience influences the course of development. In this context he is currently overseeing a very large, longitudinal project in Bucharest, Romania, focused on children experiencing profound neglect, and in Dhaka, Bangladesh, focused on children exposed to profound adversity.
Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2013.
Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center fellowship, 2011.
Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2002.
Fellow of the American Psychological Association
Fellow of the American Psychological Society
O. Pascalis et al, "Is face processing species specific during the first year of life?, Science, vol. 296, pp. 1321-1323, 2002.
J.M. Leppanen and C.A. Nelson, "Tuning the developing brain to social signals of emotion," Nat. Rev. Neurosci., vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 37-47, 2009.
C.A. Nelson, "The ontogeny of human memory: A cognitive neuroscience perspective," Dev. Psychol., vol. 31, pp. 723-738, 1995.
C.A. Nelson et al, "Cognitive recovery in socially deprived young children: The Bucharest Early Intervention Project," Science, vol. 318, pp. 1937-1940, 2007.
A. Berens and C.A. Nelson, "The science of early adversity: Is there a role for large institutions in the care of vulnerable children?" The Lancet, 2015.
F.E. Bloom, C.A. Nelson and A. Lazerson, Brain, Mind, and Behavior (3rd ed). New York: Worth Publishing, 2001.
C.A. Nelson, M. de Haan and K.M. Thomas, Neuroscience and Cognitive Development: The Role of Experience and the Developing Brain. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2006.
C.A. Nelson, N.A. Fox and C.H. Zeanah, Romania’s Abandoned Children: Deprivation, Brain Development and the Struggle for Recovery. Cambridge, MA:Harvard University Press, 2014.
Senior Fellow Child & Brain Development
Harvard UniversityDepartment of Pediatrics (Harvard Medical School); Harvard Graduate School of Education
PhD (Developmental Psychology) University of Kansas
MS (Educational Psychology and Psychology) University of Wisconsin
BA (Psychology) McGill University
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