The Conte Center @ UCI addresses how early-life experiences influence the brain and contribute to vulnerability to mental illnesses starting during adolescence. Our research focuses on probing how patterns of sensory signals originating in the mother/parent early in life influence the maturation of brain cells and circuits that govern complex behaviors. We test if fragmented and unpredictable signals from caretakers or the environment leave long-lasting marks on the structure and function of the developing brain.
Good News About a Breakthrough Conte Center@UCI Publication
The manuscript describing the QUIC (Questionnaire of Unpredictability in Childhood), has been accepted to Neuropsychopharmacology, the flagship journal of the ACNP. The paper enables researchers and practitioners working with children and adults to employ measures of unpredictability and fragmentation of early-life environment in clinical and study contexts. Read more
New Center publication suggests that fragmented and unpredictable parental signals may be relevant to smartphone use...read more
Conte Center@UCI PI and Center Director Tallie Z. Baram, MD, PhD, receives prestigious George C. Cotzias award from American Academy of Neurology.