Blinded by neuroscience: social policy, the family and the infant brain

  title={Blinded by neuroscience: social policy, the family and the infant brain},
  author={David Graham Wastell and Sue White},
  journal={Families,Relationships and Societies},
Current social policy initiatives are promoting early intervention to improve the lives of disadvantaged children. Neuroscientific evidence is prominent in this discourse, creating the lustre of science, but too much has been taken on trust. In particular, the argument that the first three years are critical has created a now-or-never imperative to intervene before irreparable damage is done to the developing infant brain. A critique of current policy in the United Kingdom is provided here… 

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