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The Fundamentals of Brain Development

Integrating Nature and Nurture

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The Fundamentals of Brain Development by Joan Stiles
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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.

Author Biography

Joan Stiles is Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego.
Release date Australia
February 28th, 2008
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Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
50 line illustrations, 10 halftones, 7 tables
Imprint
Harvard University Press
Pages
440
Dimensions
155x235x34
ISBN-13
9780674026742
Product ID
2464855

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