How does the genome, interacting with the multi-faceted environment, translate into the development by which the human brain achieves its astonishing, adaptive array of cognitive and behavioral capacities? Why and how does this process sometimes lead to neurodevelopmental disorders with a major, lifelong personal and social impact?

This volume of Progress in Brain Research links findings on the structural development of the human brain, the expression of genes in behavioral and cognitive phenotypes, environmental effects on brain development, and developmental processes in perception, action, attention, cognitive control, social cognition, and language, in an attempt to answer these questions.

Key Features

  • Leading authors review the state-of-the-art in their field of investigation and provide their views and perspectives for future research
  • Chapters are extensively referenced to provide readers with a comprehensive list of resources on the topics covered
  • All chapters include comprehensive background information and are written in a clear form that is also accessible to the non-specialist
  • Readership

    Advanced students, researchers and professionals in developmental neurobiology, developmental and cognitive psychology, neurogenetics, neuropsychiatry and pediatric neurology

    Table of Contents

    The developing brain: from developmental biology to behavioural disorders and their remediation -Atkinson, Braddick & Innocenti
    Brain development and the nature vs nurture debate - Stiles
    The dynamics of ontogeny: A neuroconstructivist perspective on genes, brains, cognition and behaviour - Dekker & Karmiloff-Smith
    Molecular bases of cortico-cerebral regionalization - Mallamaci
    Development and evolution: two determinants of cortical connectivity - Innocenti
    Postnatal brain development: structural imaging of dynamic neurodevelopmental processes - Jerningan, Barré, Stiles & Skak Madsen
    VERP and brain imaging for identifying levels of visual dorsal and ventral stream function in typical and preterm infants - Braddick, Atkinson, Wattam-Bell
    Neurodevelopment of the visual system in typically developing children - Klaver, Marcar, Martin
    Perinatal brain damage in children: Neuroplasticity, early intervention and molecular mechanisms of recovery - Cioni, D’Acunto & Guzzetta
    The impact of perinatal stress on the functional maturation of prefronto-cortical synaptic circuits: implications for the pathophysiology of ADHD? - Bock, Poeggel & Braun
    The processing of social stimuli in early infancy: From faces to biological motion perception - Simion, Di Giorgio, Leo and Bardi
    Social and attention factors during infancy and the later emergence of autism characteristics - Elsabbagh, Holmboe, Gliga, Mercure, Hudry, Charman, Baron-Cohen, Bolton, Johnson & the BASIS Team
    How Special is Social Looking in ASD: A Review - Falck-Ytter & von Hofsten
    Developmental disorders of speech and language: from genes to brain structure and function - Watkins
    Precursors to language in preterm infants: speech perception abilities in the first year of life - Bosch
    From genes to brain development to phenotypic behaviour: ‘dorsal stream vulnerability’ in relation to spatial cognition, attention and planning of actions in Wil


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