SJVPA General Meeting: Brain Development over the Life Span

  • 11 Jul 2016
  • 6:30 PM
  • Marie Callender's at 3602 W. Shaw, Fresno, CA 93611


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Life Span Modifications in Structure & Function of the Brain: Some Salient Findings

Errol Leifer, Ph.D. ABPP

Changes in human behavior from birth to aged end of life have been attributed to phenomena of learning, education, nutrition, maturation, culture and biology of gender. Measurement of test performance as a function of age has been steadily documented as a general finding of decline in speed sensitive tasks. For twenty five years or so, Interpersonal Neurobiology, through its methodology of consilience, has been rapidly expanding our understanding of the underlying brain processes and alterations occurring across the life span that are the neurobiological substrates of observed behavioral manifestations. The story is much more interesting than the long observed decline in speed sensitive performances.

Learning Objective

Describe two major alterations of brain function/structure that occur during the life span trajectory.


Cozolino, Louis (2008) The Healthy Aging Brain: Sustaining attachment, Attaining Wisdom, W.W. Norton & Company, NY

Cozolino, Louis (2006) The Neuroscience in Human Relationships: Attachment and the Developing Human Brain, W.W. Norton & Company, NY

Hillman, James (1999) The Force of Character, Random House Publishing, NY

Littrell, Jill (2015) Neuroscience for Psychologists and Other Mental Health Professionals, Springer, NY

*CPA is co-sponsoring with San Joaquin Valley Psychological Association. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

This event will be held at Marie Callender's on West Shaw Avenue at 3602 W. Shaw, Fresno, CA 93711

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