This presentation, part of the Mercyhurst North East Cultural Series, will focus on chronic (toxic) stress and the adverse effect it has on brain and cognitive (mental) functioning, and in turn on normal life span development and learning. Particularly at-risk are those living in impoverished communities, many of whom find themselves behind bars. This presentation will discuss the importance of compassion and understanding from criminal justice professionals when dealing with such individuals in the legal system. However, this does not mean becoming “soft” on crime. Developmental psychologist Dr. Peter Yaksick will relate some of his experiences covering crime, in his past career as a TV news reporter in the Pittsburgh and Hartford, Conn., markets. He’ll also share how this street-level journalism influenced his developmental psychology interest in adult neurocognition.
The presentation is free and open to the public (reservations not required). For more information, call 814-725-6277.