Abandonment and the Brain | Department of Neurobiology

There’s a heartbreaking photo in the office of Charles A. Nelson, PhD, at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH). A little girl stands alone in a Romanian orphanage, sucking on a rattle and staring at the camera. “She’d wet her pants and was crying and crying,” Nelson recalls. “No one was paying attention to her. They said, ‘Her mother abandoned her this morning, and she’s been like that all day.’…

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