Winnette Brain and Behavior Laboratory

The Winnette Brain and Behavior Laboratory is engaged in the study of behavior in relation to brain functioning. We specialize in developmental affective neuroscience, social neuroscience and developmental psychology.

We are interested in:

  • Healthy development of the brain and behavior throughout the life span
  • The psychological and neurological development of children, adolescents and adults who suffered adverse childhood experiences (ACE), developmental trauma and stress. We have a special focus on clients who spent early childhood with no primary care giver.
  • Neurobiological changes as a consequence of psychotherapy

We hope to gain a deeper understanding of brain and behavior development and to contribute to development of effective treatment methods. We seek to link neuroscience with clinical practice in the field of psychotherapy for children, adults and families.

Lab team

PhDr. Petra Winnette, PhD
Natama Institut, 1. Medical School at Charles University
Principal Investigator
Petra Winnette graduated from Charles University with a Doctorate in Comparative Science. She was a Fulbright scholar at the Department of Psychology in the Affective Developmental Neuroscience Lab at Columbia University in 2017-2018. Petra is a member of the scientific committee for the ICAPAP (International Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Affiliated Professions) conference in Prague in 2018.
Petra’s work focuses on early neurobiological development in relation to behavior, affective and social development and social cognitive neuroscience. She is interested in how early childhood experiences, healthy as well as adverse, influence brain development and behavior throughout the life span.

Dr. Eva Nouzová, PhD
Psychologist, researcher
Eva studied psychology and sociology at the University in Aberdeen in the United Kingdom, where she also completed her doctorate in diagnosis of psychological disorders and neuropsychology. She also specializes in cognitive disorders.
In the Natama Institute she collaborates on psychological testing of adoption and long-term fostering applicants. She is also a member of the Brain and Behavior Lab at Natama, as a research experimenter.

The Lab is associated with expert scientists who share our deep interest in this area.

  • Nim Tottenham, PhD
    Professor of Psychology, neuroscientist, principal investigator and Director of the Developmental Affective Neuroscience Lab at Columbia University in New York
  • Paul Alexander Bloom
    PhD candidate at Columbia University, Department of Psychology

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