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New advances in understanding sensitive periods in brain development

Thomas, Michael S.C. and Johnson, Mark H. (2008) New advances in understanding sensitive periods in brain development. Current Directions in Psychological Science 17 (1), pp. 1-5. ISSN 0963-7214.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8721.2008.00537.x

Abstract

Is a dog ever too old to learn new tricks? We review recent findings on sensitive periods in brain development, ranging from sensory processing to high-level cognitive abilities in humans. We conclude that there are multiple varieties of, and mechanisms underlying, these changes. However, many sensitive periods may be a consequence of the basic processes underlying postnatal functional brain development.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): sensitive periods, learning, plasticity
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2010 11:07
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:19
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2436

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