Fundamentals of Brain Development Integrating Nature and Nurture

ISBN-10: 0674026748
ISBN-13: 9780674026742
Edition: 2008
Authors: Joan Stiles
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Book details

List price: $64.50
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 2/28/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 328
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.914
Language: English

In a remarkable synthesis of the research of the last two decades, a leading developmental neuroscientist provides psychologists with a sophisticated introduction to the brain--the system that underpins the functions that they study. In clear terms, with ample illustrations, Joan Stiles explains the complexities of genetic variation and transcription, and the variable paths of neural development, from embryology through early childhood. She describes early developmental processes from gene expression to physiology to behavior. Sections on clinical correlations show the consequences for later physiological, neurological, or psychological disturbances in neural development. As Stiles shows, brain development is far more complex and dynamic than is often assumed in debates about nature vs. nurture, nativism vs. cultural learning. Inherited and experienced factors interact constantly in an ever-changing organism. The key question is, what developmental processes give rise to particular structures or mechanisms? A landmark of synthesis and interdisciplinary illumination, The Fundamentals of Brain Development will enrich discussion of developmental processes and more rigorously define the terms that are central to psychological debates.

Joan Stiles is Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego.

Preface
The Central Questions about Psychological and Biological Development
The Gene: Evolution of a Concept
Formation of the Neural Plate
Formation of the Neural Tube
Molecular Patterning of the Primary Spatial Dimensions of the Embryo
The Production of Brain Cells: Neurons and Glia
Neuronal Migration and Neuronal Differentiation
Shaping the Emerging Cortical Network: The Role of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Factors
Late Prenatal and Postnatal Changes in Human Brain Structure
Plasticity and the Role of Experience in Neocortical Development
The Importance of Brain Development for Psychology
Glossary
Index

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