There is increasing global attention to the growing field of brain research, but what are we learning today that may inform programs that serve children? How do environment and life experiences impact brain development? What can be done to mitigate the negative effects of trauma on the brain? As our knowledge of the brain grows, so too does the opportunity to use this information to actively shape programs, practices, and policies that promote the well-being of children and youth.

This brief examines some of the new brain research findings and there implications for programs serving youth. It is based on remarks by Jane Roskams, Ph.D., a leading neuroscientist and executive director of strategy and alliances at the Allen Institute for Brain Science.