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Spring 2015
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Dear Parents & Participants,

Hello and happy spring! I hope you are all enjoying the warmer weather. We certainly are! We want to thank those of you who have braved the cold this winter and took time to come to our lab over the past few months!

Whether you've participated in our studies many times or are a new member to our growing community, I greatly appreciate your interest in our research. Your support and participation are invaluable as we seek to answer many important questions about infant and child development.

Warm wishes,

Charles A. Nelson, PhD

Director of Research, Division of Developmental Medicine
Richard David Scott Chair in Pediatric Developmental Medicine Research
Professor of Pediatrics & Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School

Stay in the loop by following us on Facebook!   
Here, we provide information about our current research studies, what's happening with our labs in the news, and other relevant news and updates within the fields of child development and cognitive neuroscience!
Research Spotlight

Sarah, the Emotion Project Study Coordinator, recently attended the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting in Philadelphia. Sarah presented evidence that demonstrates how infants’ neural responses indeed differentiate between fear and anger. 
This evidence provides further insight into the typical development of emotional face processing--a critical skill that helps us to navigate our social world.  Click here to learn more about the Emotion Project.
International Research

A few members of the Nelson Laboratory recently traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh in order to help set up equipment and begin piloting our newest international project. In the photo above, Dr. Nelson, Alissa (the LCN's Program Manager), Swapna (Bangladesh Study Coordinator), and Dr. Perdue (Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Nelson Lab) are gathered with the Bengali research team. This exciting project will be introducing a neuroimaging toolkit in rural and urban Bangladesh to study brain structure and function in infants and toddlers.

Our two-year project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a collaboration between Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, University of Virginia, University College London, and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b). To read more about this project, follow this link to our website

In the Community

Upcoming Community Events

Join us at the following community events this season! 

Cambridge Science Festival 
April 18th, 12:00-4:00 | Cambridge Rindge & Latin Field House

Roxbury YMCA Kids Day   
April 25th, 11:00-2:00 | Roxbury YMCA

Kite & Bike Festival 
May 16th, 11:00-4:00 | Franklin Park

Backyard Dash 
May 30th, 12:00-3:30 | Fiedler Field on the Esplanade

Summer Camp & Activity Resources 
Have you begun to think about camps and activities for your children this summer? To make this process a little bit easier, we have compiled a list of summer recreation resources to fit many different needs.  
Click here to view our resource list.   

Do you have a new baby at home?

We have several ongoing infant studies, including a project looking at emotion processing in the first year. If you have welcomed a new little one and would like to stay in the loop about studies that he or she may be eligible for, please sign up for our Participant Registry! 

To add your newest family member to the Participant Registry, please e-mail us at  or click on the button below to sign up on our website.

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