Nothing is more treasured — and mysterious — than the bond between mother and child. After a mother gives birth, her brain and body change in ways that enable her to care for the new life. Bianca Jones Marlin examines the brain dynamics behind these changes, some of which are ‘remembered’ in the genes and passed down for generations. In her talk, she will challenge the age-old concept of ‘nature vs. nurture’ and show how a bridge between learned and innate animal behaviors is built. Audience members will also have an opportunity to participate using their senses to explore the real-time effects of neurochemicals in social learning.