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Cognition and Neural Development

Don Tucker and Phan Luu


Scientific research shows how experience shapes the organization of the human brain through mechanisms of neural plasticity, which capture the information of the world within the connections among neurons. To understand this plasticity, it is important to look to the developmental mechanisms through which the brain grows from a single cell in embryogenesis to achieve the complex architecture of the human brain. The process of neural morphogenesis involves exuberant formation of neuronal connections, and then subtractive elimination of unused connections. This process is continued after birth, ... More

Keywords: experience, human brain, neural plasticity, neurons, embryogenesis, neural morphogenesis, cognition, life span

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199838523
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199838523.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Don Tucker, author
Neuroinformatics Institute, University of Oregon, USA

Phan Luu, author
Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, USA