Entries by Constance Cummings


From Toxins to Culture: How Environment Shapes the Infant Brain (AAAS 2016 Symposium)

AAAS 2016 Annual Meeting / Global Science Engagement Website: https://aaas.confex.com/aaas/2016/webprogram/Session12229.html Sunday, February 14, 2016: 1:30 PM-4:30 PM Prenatal and perinatal environmental factors, from toxins to maternal care and culture, profoundly influence the brains of infants, sometimes resulting in lifelong pathologies. The effects of these factors have only recently been rigorously assessed in humans, and the mechanisms […]

A Must-Read: Nature Special Issue on Interdisciplinarity

This Fall, the FPR is celebrating fifteen years of interdisciplinary research and scholarship through FPR-funded programs at UCLA and Hampshire College and FPR-funded research in field sites in the US and around the world. Coincidentally this month, Nature has published a special issue on Interdisciplinarity, which “probes how scientists and social scientists are coming together […]

DSM-5 on Culture: A Significant Advance

[A]ll forms of distress are locally shaped, including the DSM disorders. – DSM-5 (APA, 2013, p. 758)  The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders  (DSM-5; APA, 2013) was finally presented on May 18th at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco. Much ink has been spilled in the media about the […]