Proof that the early brain is molded by love comes, in part, from another notorious natural experiment: the abandonment of tens of thousands of Romanian orphans born during the regime of Communist dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu, who had banned birth control.

A great deal has been written about the heartbreaking emotional and educational difficulties of these children, who grew up 20 to a nurse in Dickensian orphanages. In the age of the brain scan, we now know that those institutionalized children’s brains developed less “gray matter”—that is, fewer of the neurons that make up the bulk of the brain—and that, if those children never went on to be adopted, they’d sprout less “white matter,” too. White matter helps send signals from one part of the brain to another; think of it as the mind’s internal Internet. In the orphans’ case, the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex—which are involved in memory, emotions, decision-making, and social interaction—just weren’t connecting.

    The Lethality of Loneliness
    Judith Shulevitz

4 odpowiedzi na “klub międzynar. prasy i książki (odc. …)”

    1. „byt społeczny kształtuje świadomość społeczną” (k. marx & f. engels)
      a teraz idę szukać tego samego u filozofów z KK.

      1. zacny (?!) ów filozof zapomniał dodać, że ta prawidłowość działa również w drugą stronę:
        świadomość (w tym społeczna) kształtuje byt

        1. ano. a to Filozof Dwugłowy, to zapomniał. (nie wie Lewa Głowa, co mówi Prawa [ręka].)

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