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January 9, 2015
Seth Pollak, PhD
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Community Outreach

Recent Presentations

Invited Plenary Address, American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, 2010. Early Childhood Adversity and Emotion

Invited Plenary Address, International Conference of Infant Studies, 2010. The Emergence of Emotion: Learning, Development, and Biology

Invited Plenary Address, Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, 2009. Can Social Developmental Neuroscience Be All Three?

The Child Emotion Research Lab is committed to providing education and service to the community. Our staff visit local schools to give presentations on the brain and demonstrate 'real-life' science experiments to children. We tailor each visit to the grade levels involved and provide children with concrete, hands-on experience involving behavioral research. We always try to coordinate our demonstrations to any curriculum that the students may already be taking.

A visit to our lab often includes demonstrations of brain wave recordings and demonstrations of interesting computer software and graphics.

Dr. Pollak delivers an in-service training program on treatments for
disruptive behavioral disorders in children to staff at the Dane County
Department of Human Services, Division of Children, Youth, and Families.

Dr. Pollak regularly speaks to community agencies, schools, and professional and public interest organizations. He is particularly interested in helping to educate members of our community about how to understand the proliferation of popular news reports on brain plasticity and child development. And especially on the developmental effects of child abuse.

Previous Event

Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 7-8:30 pm
Lecture hall, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Children's Learning and Development:
New Approaches to the Old Nature-Nurture Debate

UW-Madison psychology professors Jenny Saffran and Seth Pollak look at contemporary perspectives, complex human behaviors, and new insights about the emergence of young children's language and social skills that raise questions both about basic scientific theories and applications to public policy.


Alison Wismer Fries (Graduate Student) gives a presentation to
fourth graders who had recently participated in a study

Recent presentations have included groups such as the Wisconsin Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services, state legislators and administrators of public health service programs involving child welfare, community-based conferences including the Wisconsin Prevention Network, Wisconsin Department of Child and Family Services, and the Wisconsin Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect.

In-services and lectures are provided for local parent groups, teachers, and day care centers without charge.

Mitchell (age 8): The Testing Computer


A local Cub Scout Troop visits our lab.


Kids! Learn more about your brain