Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Immordino-Yang, M. H. and Fischer, K. W. 2010. Brain Development. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Unlike the predominant conceptions from a few decades back, brain development is currently understood to be an active, dynamic process, involving complex interactions between a person's biological predispositions, physical environment, and social nurturance. Rather than a hardwired, purely genetically programmed system, children's experiences actively organize their brain over time, in accordance with biological principles and constraints (Johnson, 2001). In turn, children's own neuropsychological profiles of strengths and weaknesses shapes the way they perceive and behave in the world. As they grow and develop, physiological and sociocultural processes work together in intricate, nuanced patterns to sculpt their brain's development.
- dynamic development;
- neural networks;
- skill development;
- nature versus nurture