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Colloquium Series: Katie Hinde

February 1 @ 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Colloquium Series: Katie Hinde (Arizona State)


Title: Mother’s Milk: Building Blocks and Blueprints for Infant BioBehavioral Development

Abstract: Mother’s milk is more than a food full of essential nutrients and more than a medicine packed with protective immunofactors. Mother’s milk contains maternal signals- hormones- that influence infant metabolism, neurobiology, and behavior. A growing body of evidence demonstrates that hormones from the mother, ingested through milk, bind to receptors within the young. Once these maternal-origin hormones bind, they seemingly trigger hormonal signaling cascades as would the young’s own hormones. Glucocorticoids in mother’s milk have been associated with offspring temperament, behavior, and cognition in rodents and monkeys. Among monkeys, glucocorticoids in mother’s milk, predict better cognitive performance and, independent of available milk energy, predict a more nervous, less confident temperament in both sons and daughters. Additionally, maternal-origin glucocorticoids in milk predict offspring growth. Recent research among human infants show important consistencies with the experimental animal research. Taken collectively, emerging results suggest that mothers with fewer somatic resources may be “programming” through cortisol signaling, behaviorally cautious offspring that prioritize growth. Glucocorticoids ingested through milk may importantly contribute to the assimilation of available milk energy, development of temperament, and orchestrate, in part, the allocation tradeoffs of maternal milk energy between growth and behavior.


Colloquium schedule for spring, 2018

Katie Hinde, February 1

Jennifer Richeson, April 5

David Yeager, April 19

Liz Phelps, April 26

Dedre Gentner, May 3


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February 1
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
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