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Darby Saxbe, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Southern California.
“We're born alone, we live alone, and we die alone.” Orson Welles’s quote is memorable -- and untrue. We emerge into a web of social relationships that shape our mind and body across the life span, starting before birth. The family is the first, and perhaps most important, social environment. Perhaps unsurprisingly, its influence shapes our bodies as well as our minds. The social environment provides cues or signals that provide information about the outside world and that shape our physiology: stress responding, affiliative hormones, and the brain. This blog will tackle a broad array of topics related to the science of family life -- parenting, kids, and stress -- and connect them to health and well-being across the lifespan.