Darcia Narvaez


Brief Bio:  Dr. Darcia Narvaez is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Narvaez’s current research explores how early life experience influences societal culture and moral character in children and adults. She integrates neurobiological, clinical, developmental and education sciences in her theories and research about moral development. She publishes extensively on moral development, parenting and education. Recently she has been studying the Evolved Developmental Niche (nest) and how it influences moral development, moral capacities and preferences. Her recent book, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom (2014), won the 2015 William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association.  She also writes a popular blog forPsychology Today called “Moral Landscapes.” 

Title of Presentation: "The Evolved Nest: What Children Need to Thrive‚Äč"

Brief Description of Presentation:  Humans are unique animals with sets of basic needs: animal, mammal, social and human. Compared to the capacities other animals have at birth, humans should be in the womb another 18 months. As a result, humans have an intense “nest” for their young. Each of the evolved parenting practices have neurobiological, health and sociomoral effects.Without them, babies cannot reach their full capacities.