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Toxic Stress

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Professor Pat Levitt defines toxic stress, a term used by neurobiologists to describe negative experiences that can affect brain development.
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Toxic stress is a term used by psychologists and developmental neurobiologists to describe the kinds of experiences, particularly in childhood, that can affect brain architecture and brain chemistry. They typically are experiences that are bad for an individual during development such as severe abuse. Toxic stress has been defined also in terms of violence, other sorts of experience that a child can have that can be very powerful in a negative way on the brain.
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neurodevelopment, brain, development, architecture, neurobiologist, abuse, stress, violence, experience, environment, pat, levitt
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