John T Bruer

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OVER 20 YEARS AGO, neuroscientists discovered that humans and other animals experience a rapid increase in brain connectivity-an exuberant burst of synapse formation-early in development. They have studied this process most carefully in the brain's outer layer, or cortex, which is essentially our gray matter. In these studies, neuroscientists have(More)
commentary Suppose a pediatrician found a website showing growth curves for children, and observed that by age 14 on average, boys reach 93% of their adult height and 75% of their young adult weight. Suppose he inferred from the growth chart that the period of fastest physical growth, from 2 to 14 years, is a critical period for physical training, the(More)
mixed company of policy makers, legislators, and educators looking for " evidence-based " practice. That's how it was earlier this year in March, when a distinguished international group of neuroscientists and cognitive psychologists convened at the University of Chile in Santiago for the conference titled Early Education and Human Brain Development, which(More)
  • Steven C Beering, Chairman, Mark R Abbott, Dan E Arvizu, Barry C Barish, Camilla P Benbow +29 others
  • 2010
As part of our mandate from Congress, the National Science Board oversees the collection of a very broad set of quantitative information about U.S. science, engineering and technology, and every 2 years publishes the data and trends in our Science and Engineering Indicators (Indicators) report. On occasion, the data reveal trends that raise important policy(More)
As part of our mandate from Congress, the National Science Board (Board) supervises the collection of a very broad set of policy-neutral, quantitative information about U.S. science, engineering, and technology, and publishes the data and trends biennially in our Science and Engineering Indicators (Indicators) report. The data in Indicators reveal some(More)
As part of our mandate from Congress, the National Science Board supervises the collection of a very broad set of quantitative information about U.S. science, engineering and technology, and every 2 years publishes the data and trends in our Science and Engineering Indicators (Indicators) report. The 2012 volume of Indicators reinforces the Board's(More)