Science on Tap: What Doesn’t Kill You…

…doesn’t actually make you stronger. In fact, it may scar you for life. At October’s Science on Tap, Sara Waters, PhD, professor of Human Development at WSU Vancouver, will talk about how and why traumatic childhood experiences stay inside our minds and bodies for a lifetime and what we can do about it.

Your experiences in early childhood are not just the beginning of your life story—they set the tone for how you will respond to life events for years to come. Childhood experiences that are consistently stressful or traumatic get “under the skin” and shape the brain and the body in ways that put us at risk for mental and physical health problems as adults. These experiences can also affect the way we parent our children. At this Science on Tap, Waters will discuss her research on how parents transmit stress to their children and intervention programs that help heal the effects of early trauma.

Science on Tap is a monthly lecture series at the Kiggins Theatre, offered in partnership with Via Productions and Washington State University Vancouver. The next Science on Tap is Wednesday, Oct. 12. The doors open at 6 p.m. to find a seat and purchase yummy refreshments: beer, wine, soda, pizza, and theater-style popcorn and candy. Tickets are $8 in advance (click here to purchase online) or $10 suggested donation at the door.

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