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October 2021

Neural plasticity and human development

Journal/Book: Curr Directions Psychol Sci. 1999; 8: 40 West 20Th Street, New York, NY 10011-4211, USA. Cambridge Univ Press. 42-45.

Abstract: In this article, I argue that experience-induced changes in the brain may be a useful way of viewing the course of human development. Work from the neurosciences supports the claim that most of the behavioral phenomena of interest to psychologists (e.g., cognition, perception, language, emotion) are instantiated by the process of neural plasticity. When development is viewed in this manner, the fallaciousness of the longstanding and often contentious debate over nature versus nurture becomes apparent. Moreover, by utilizing the neuroscientific tools used to examine the effects of experience on brain and behavioral development (e.g., functional neuroimaging), we may improve how we conceptualize our notions of intervention, competence, and resilience.

Note: Article Nelson CA, Univ Minnesota, Inst Child Dev, 51 E River Rd, Minneapolis,MN 55455 USA

Keyword(s): brain; plasticity; behavior; REORGANIZATION; CORTEX

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