How Does Stress Affect a Child’s Development and Academic Potential?

Understanding cognitive development and stress in children can add context to systems of education.

Pamela Cantor, M.D. practiced child psychiatry for nearly two decades, specializing in trauma. She founded Turnaround for Children after co-authoring a study on the impact of the 9/11 attacks on New York City school children. She is a Visiting Scholar in Education at Harvard University and a leader of the Science of Learning and Development Alliance.

Cantor, Pamela. “How Does Stress Affect a Child's Development and Academic Potential?” Big Think, 26 Dec. 2020,

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I chose this video because I think it is important to note the stress that kids, even infants face every day, what it can lead to, and how we can manage it.