The Conte Center @ UCI addresses how early-life experiences influence the brain and contribute to vulnerability to mental illnesses 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 created by chaotic environments leave long-lasting marks on the structure and function of the developing brain.
New Center publication suggests that fragmented and unpredictability of 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.
August 7, 2018 | Catherine E. Monk, PhD, Columbia University, presenting Parenting Begins before Birth: Prenatal Maternal Distress and Offspring Brain-Behavior Adaptations