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The Second FPR-UCLA Interdisciplinary Conference:

Four Dimensions of Childhood:
Brain, Mind, Culture, and Time

February 11-13, 2005
at University of California, Los Angeles

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Presented by the Foundation for Psychocultural Research (FPR) and UCLA Graduate Division

Sponsored by UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute in cooperation with the FPR and UCLA

With the support of National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

The purpose of this 3-day conference is to explore the interaction of social experiences and neurobiology during childhood and their mutual influence on resilience and mental well-being or vulnerability to psychopathology.

Specifically, we will look at early neural development, including sensory and behavioral plasticity as well as epigenetic regulation of behavior in animal studies; the social construction of early childhood; the more complex experiences encountered in later childhood, including initiation rites, affiliative behavior, and competitive interactions; the clinical implications of early adverse experiences such as child maltreatment; and finally ethnopsychological and biocultural models for the study of resiliency.

The conference will bring together a multi-disciplinary group of internationally recognized researchers and scholars representing the fields of anthropology, neuroethology, neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry.

What makes this conference unique is the opportunity for participants to seriously engage each other's work through paper presentations, clinical and ethnographic case studies and roundtable discussions in order to present a many-faceted view of how childhood unfolds in time and space.


Each day's sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. Days 1 and 2 will conclude at 5:30 p.m. Day 3 will conclude at 3:00 p.m.

On DAY 1, we will look at pre- and post-natal development and the formation of social behaviors during infancy from combined neurobiological, ethological, psychological, clinical, and anthropological perspectives.
On DAY 2, we will explore the social construction of childhood, including negative or stressful experiences such as neglect, maltreatment, bullying, initiation rites, and social suffering.
On DAY 3, we will explore some possible implications of early social experiences with respect to both psychopathological and normative outcomes.


Early registration: June 15 to October 31, 2004
Registration: November 1, 2004, to January 11, 2005
Late Registration by Mail: postmarked by January 28, 2005
Late Registration On-Line, by Fax or Phone: Ends February 7, 2005, 12:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
Afterwards, walk-ins accepted on a first come, first served, space availability basis.

Seating is limited.


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A limited number of scholarships is available for UCLA students only.
Please contact:
Susan Townsley
Conference Coordinator
c/o UCLA Graduate Division


Category I Continuing Medical Education (CME)
This is an activity offered by the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, a CMA-accredited provider. Physicians and Psychologists attending this course may report up to 20 hours of Category I credits toward the California Medical Association's Certification in Continuing Medical Education and the American Medical Association's Physician's Recognition Award. Each Physician or Psychologist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent on the educational activity.

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