The UW Department of Psychology is having a lecture series with a couple that might be of interest to parents. The lectures are free but seating limited and you have to register at or call 543-0540

Wednesday, 2/17, 7 – 9pm
Location: Kane 120
UW Seattle Campus

The Development of Thinking About People: From Behavior to Brain
Adults are armchair psychologists: we attribute to ourselves, and to our social partners, a host of mental states such as goals, intentions, desires and beliefs in order to explain our own and others' behavior. Drs. Sommerville (UW) and Saxe (Massachusetts Institute for Technology) are investigating the development of thinking about people from infancy through the school years using both behavioral and brain-based methods.

Wednesday, 3/3, 7 – 9pm
Location: Kane 120
UW Seattle Campus

Early Adversity and the Neurobehavioral Development of Children
Adversity or disadvantage experienced early in children's lives can lead to enduring social, emotional, and academic issues. Drs. Lengua (UW) and Fisher (University of Oregon) examine how familial and social factors associated with adversity can shape brain development in a way that undermines children's self-regulation and positive adjustment. They will highlight promising programs that promote positive family and school contexts and prevent adverse outcomes for children.

Also, KUOW had a great show this week with Sir Ken Robinson who wrote a book called The Element. He was a really fascinating guest and he talked a lot about education. From the show notes:

Wouldn't it be great if you devoted your life to the thing you were most passionate about, and that best used your talents? If you've already found your 'element,' Sir Ken Robinson would congratulate you — but he believes too many of us haven't a clue what we're best at. Find out why, and get your imagination going!

Sir Ken Robinson is a creativity expert and educator. He has led commissions on creativity, education and the economy for governments including the UK, the US and Singapore, and for Northern Ireland's peace process. Queen Elizabeth II knighted him in 2003 for his achievements in creativity, education and the arts. His most recent book is "The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything."


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