Displayed in Parliament as part of the "Tomorrow's Child" Exhibition, 2016
This piece explores the complex architecture and rapid development of the brain in the first 1001 days of life. Billions of synaptic connections are forged between brain cells from conception to age two. Early experiences – negative and positive – can profoundly affect this vital early "wiring" of the human brain.
I am very grateful to Feng Shi of UNC School of Medicine for granting access to an invaluable archive of MRI scans of infant brains. (Feng Shi, Pew-Thiam Yap, Guorong Wu, Hongjum Jia, John H. Gilmore, Weili Lin, Dinggang Shen, "Infant Brain Atlases from Neonates to 1- and 2-year old" PLoS ONE, 6(4): e18746,201).