New advances in understanding sensitive periods in brain development

  title={New advances in understanding sensitive periods in brain development},
  author={Michael S. C. Thomas and Mark H. Johnson},
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. KEYWORDS—sensitive periods; learning; plasticity The idea that there are ‘‘critical’’ or… CONTINUE READING
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