Day One begins with an overview of key insights derived from developmental,
affective, and contemplative neuroscience on the processes of change,
epigenetic influences on development, early brain development, and the
nurturing of social and emotional skills over the first 20 years of life. This will
provide scientific background for the Dialogue and raise fundamental questions
to be addressed.
The following presentation gives focus to the importance of emerging intersubjective differences in development to illustrate the role of early childhood and
gene-environment interplay. Once the science of early childhood development
is framed, we shift the discussion to how social and emotional learning adds
critical life skills to academic curriculum lessons, leveraging emotional and
social development to help children master essential human skills.

Richard J. Davidson, PhD

Mind & Life Chief Scientific Advisor, Center for Healthy Minds at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Davidson is best known for his groundbreaking work studying emotion and the brain. A friend and confidante of the Dalai Lama, he is a highly sought after expert and speaker, … MORE

Michel Boivin, PhD

Université Laval

Michel Boivin, Ph.D., is the Canada Research Chair in Child Development, professor of Psychology, Director of the Research Unit on Children’s Psychosocial Maladjustment at the School of Psychology of Université … MORE

Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, PhD

University of British Columbia

Convening Faculty

Kimberly Schonert-Reichl is an applied developmental psychologist and a professor in the Human Development, Learning, and Culture area in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education at … MORE

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