17th Annual Brain Series

The development of brain and language: Why early experiences matter
Thursday, April 24, 7-9 p.m., Free, South Campus Auditorium, 2201 S. 78th Street, Tacoma

The early interactions, relationships and experiences of young children ages 0-3 years old are vital to brain development.

In this year's Brain Series, University of Washington post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Naja Ferjan Ramirez, will discuss how loving, warm interactions and challenging learning experiences promote healthy brain development.

Dr. Ferjan Ramirez will speak about the effects of early language experience, and how it shapes the brain and enables it to learn the sounds of language, which produce words and sentences. She will also speak to the implications for school readiness and success in children older than age three.

 Dr. Naja Ferjan RamirezAbout Dr. Naja Ferjan Ramirez

Naja is a post-doctoral fellow working in Dr. Patricia Kuhl's lab. Before arriving at the University of Washington's Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS), Naja earned her bachelor's degree in neuroscience from Brown University and her Ph.D. in linguistics and cognitive science from the University of California, San Diego. At I-LABS, Naja studies the development of brain and language in monolingual and bilingual babies across different socioeconomic backgrounds.