Our developing understanding of child development: A new video on the effects of toxic stress

Written by Justin Preston

In a new animated short from the Atlantic, we learn a bit about the progress we’ve made in gaining a better understanding of child development.

More specifically, we learn about the impacts of toxic stress … Read the rest

Coping with stress? Start with a smile: How smiling promotes stress recovery

smile-1188654_1280From the Association for Psychological Science


Just grin and bear it! At some point, we have all probably heard or thought something like this when facing a tough situation. But is there any truth to this piece of advice? Feeling … Read the rest

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Giving support can improve mentors’ brain functioning

Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 12.22.14 PMGiving support to others has unique positive effects on brain health, a new study finds.

It changes key brain areas related to stress and reward, scientists have found.

Those who regularly give support to others may have a reduced response Read the rest

How support helps buffer the harmful effects of stress on children

Camelia E. Hostinar, Ph.D. (Northwestern University and University of California, Davis)

Research is me-search, psychologists often say, referring to the fact that their research ideas are often inspired by

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What is toxic stress and why does it matter for youth mentoring programs


By Venessa Marks and Julie Novak

This blog is part of a three-post series on toxic stress.

The first post explains what toxic stress is and why it matters for youth mentoring programs, the second highlights what professional staff Read the rest