How babies understand expressions and emotions

FacialRecognitionToday, the Boston Globe features the work of researcher Charles A. Nelson, PhD, who runs Children’s Hospital Boston’s cognitive neuroscience laboratory. Nelson studies how babies learn to decode facial expressions by monitoring the connection between children’s eye movements and their brain activity. He hopes to learn how people distinguish faces and how we learn to link expressions with emotions.

Here, you can read about how Nelson’s lab is exploring how babies see race.

In this article, find out how Nelson is studying the brain development of babies with a higher risk of autism to discover early indicators that could be used to identify the condition in infants.

This story describes how Nelson spent time with Romanian orphans in foster homes to learn about what impact deprivation has on the brain—and whether its effects can be reversed.

Dr. Nelson’s work was also featured recently on

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