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Environmental Experience and Plasticity of the Developing Brain (Hardcover)

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Environmental Experience and Plasticity of the Developing Brain goes beyond the genetic basis of neurodevelopment. Chapters illuminate the external factors that can dramatically impact the brain early in life and, consequently, the eventual accomplishment of developmental milestones and the construction of adult behavior and personality.

Authored and edited by leaders in this rapidly growing field, Environmental Experience and Plasticity of the Developing Brain not only surveys pre-existing literature on the effects of environment versus genetics but also discusses more recent studies on the impacts of neurodevelopment in terms of maternal stimulation, environmental enrichment, and sensory deprivation. The book also includes key examples of environmental impacts on pre-existing genetic syndromes leading to developmental disabilities. Focus is also given to the consequences of early adverse experience in primates, as well as neurobiological and behavioral consequences in institutionalized human children and the reversibility of such consequences.

Environmental Experience and Plasticity of the Developing Brain encompasses a broad area of research in the field of developmental neurobiology and offers a unique combination of different examples of environmental factors affecting brain development and behavior.

Surveys the available knowledge concerning the dramatic impact of early environmental conditions on brain development

Contains key examples of the profound impact that the environment can have on physiological brain development, with particular attention to its impact on brain functioning already compromised by genetic syndromes

Investigates the impacts of both environmental experience (e.g., sensory deprivation and enrichment) as well as genetic factors on neurodevelopment and plasticity of the developing brain

Covers the basics and expands upon recent developments within a rapidly growing field within neuroscience

Authored and edited by leaders in the field

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