Brain Development

Brain development is a lifelong process. Once considered the legacy of infancy and early childhood, we now know that our brains adapt and change throughout our lives, with the rate and type of developmental change varying with age. This entry begins with a discussion of various techniques for studying human brain development, including work with laboratory animals. Current technologies for examining the brain are noted, and then the focus turns to changes in brain structure and function from conception to old age.

Methods for Studying Brain Development

The scientific methods for studying human brain development have changed dramatically since the mid-20th century. Some of the earliest insights came from research with laboratory animals. In the 1960s, for example, rat pups were raised either individually in laboratory cages ...

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