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Do Early Outdoor Experiences Help Build Healthier Brains?

Psychology Today – February 06, 2013
By Richard Louv

Do Early Outdoor Experiences Help Build Healthier Brains? What role do early childhood experiences in nearby nature play in the formation of brain architecture? It’s time for science to ask that question. In January, 2012, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof reported on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ “landmark warning that toxic stress can harm children for life.” This was, he wrote, a “’policy statement’ from the premier association of pediatricians, based on two decades of scientific research,” and he added that the statement “has revolutionary implications for medicine and for how we can more effectively chip away at poverty and crime.” Understanding the “plasticity” of the brain…
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