Neural Circuit and Cognitive Development

Neural Circuit and Cognitive Development

Comprehensive Developmental Neuroscience

2nd Edition - June 10, 2020

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  • Editors-in-Chief: John Rubenstein, Pasko Rakic
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128144114
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128144121

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Neural Circuit and Cognitive Development, Second Edition, the latest release in the Comprehensive Developmental Neuroscience series, provides a much-needed update to underscore the latest research in this rapidly evolving field, with new section editors discussing the technological advances that are enabling the pursuit of new research on brain development. This volume is devoted mainly to anatomical and functional development of neural circuits and neural systems and cognitive development. Understanding the critical role these changes play in neurodevelopment provides the ability to explore and elucidate the underlying causes of neurodevelopmental disorders and their effect on cognition. This series is designed to fill the knowledge gap, offering the most thorough coverage of this field on the market today and addressing all aspects of how the nervous system and its components develop.

Key Features

  • Features leading experts in various subfields as section editors and article authors
  • Presents articles that have been peer reviewed to ensure accuracy, thoroughness and scholarship
  • Includes coverage of mechanisms that control the assembly of neural circuits in specific regions of the nervous system and multiple aspects of cognitive development


Neuroscience, developmental biology researchers, including stem cells, aging and diseases. Translational neuroscience researchers

Table of Contents


    1. Olfactory circuits

    Matt Wachowiak, Shawn D. Burton, Gabriel Lepousez and Pierre-Marie Lledo

    2. Auditory circuits

    Lisa Goodrich and Patrick O. Kanold

    3. Retino-tectal circuits

    Barry E. Stein

    4. Cerebellar circuits

    Masanobu Kano and Masahiko Watanabe

    5. Cortical columns

    Zoltan Molnar

    6. Spike-timing dependent plasticity

    Daniel E. Feldman

    7. Somatosensory cortex connections

    Bryan Hooks

    8. Motor cortex connections

    Jeffrey D. Macklis

    9. Hippocampal circuitry and development

    Kathleen S. Rockland

    10. Basal Ganglia Circuits

    Charles Gerfen

    11. Development of the circuit of the cerebellar cortex

    Constantino Sotelo, Fabrice Ango and Richard Hawkes


    12. Introduction to cognitive development from a neuroscience perspective

    Helen Tager-Flusberg

    13. Theories in developmental cognitive neuroscience

    Mark Johnson

    14. Structural brain development: Birth through adolescence

    Stefanie C. Bodison and Elizabeth Sowell

    15. Statistical learning mechanisms in infancy

    Jill Lany

    16. Development of the visual system

    Scott Johnson

    17. The development of visuospatial processing

    Joan Stiles

    18. Memory development

    Patricia Bauer and Jessica A. Dugan

    19. Early development of speech and language: Cognitive, behavioral, and neural systems

    Helen Tager-Flusberg and Kayla Finch

    20. The neural architecture and developmental course of face processing

    Laurie Bayet and Charles Nelson III

    21. Developmental cognitive neuroscience of theory of mind

    Rebecca Saxe and Hilary Richardson

    22. A developmental neuroscience perspective on empathy

    Jean Decety

    23. Developing attention and self regulation in infancy and childhood

    M Rosario Rueda

    24. The neural correlates of cognitive control and the development of social behavior

    George A. Buzzell, Ayelet Lahat and Nathan A. Fox

    25. Executive function: Development, individual differences and clinical insights

    Claire Hughes

    26. The Effects of Early Life Stress on Brain and Behavioral Development

    Megan Rosamond Gunnar, Elysia Davis, Amanda Norona and Jenalee Doom

    27. Sex differences in brain and behavioral development

    Adriene M. Beltz and Sheri A. Berenbaum

Product details

  • No. of pages: 668
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: June 10, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128144114
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128144121

About the Editors in Chief

John Rubenstein

Dr. Rubenstein is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. He also serves as a Nina Ireland Distinguished Professor in Child Psychiatry at the Nina Ireland Laboratory of Developmental Neurobiology. His research focuses on the regulatory genes that orchestrate development of the forebrain. Dr. Rubenstein's lab has demonstrated the role of specific genes in regulating neuronal specification, differentiation, migration and axon growth during embryonic development and on through adult life. His work may help to explain some of the mechanisms underlying human neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, USA

Pasko Rakic

Dr. Rakic is currently at the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, where his main research interest is in the development and evolution of the human brain. After obtaining his MD from the University of Belgrade School of Medicine, his research career began in 1962 with a Fulbright Fellowship at Harvard University after which he obtained his graduate degrees in Developmental Biology and Genetics. He held a faculty position at Harvard Medical School for 8 years prior to moving to Yale University, where he founded and served as Chair of the Department of Neurobiology for 37 years, and also founder and director of the Kavli Institute for Neuroscience. In 2015, he returned to work full-time on his research projects, funded by US Public Health Services and various private foundations. He is well known for his studies of the development and evolution of the brain, in particular his discovery of basic cellular and molecular mechanisms of proliferation and migration of neurons in the cerebral cortex. He was president of the Society for Neuroscience and popularized this field with numerous lectures given in over 35 counties. In 2008, Rakic shared the inaugural Kavli Prize in Neuroscience with Thomas Jessell and Stan Grillner. He is currently the Dorys McConell Duberg Professor of Neuroscience and serves on Advisory Boards and Scientific Councils of a number of Institutions and Research Foundations.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Neuroscience, Yale School of Medicine, USA

About the Editors

Bin Chen

Dr. Chen is Professor of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Research in her laboratory focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie the generation of diverse cell types in the brain, and the assembly of these cell types into functional neural circuits. Dr. Chen completed her graduate study with Dr. Sidney Strickland at Stony Brook University-SUNY, and her post-doctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Susan McConnell at Stanford University. She has 22 years of experience in genetics and developmental neurobiology research. Her laboratory has been funded by the March of Dimes Foundation, California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, and National Institute of Health.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

Kenneth Y. Kwan

Dr. Kwan is Assistant Professor of Human Genetics and Research Assistant Professor in the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute at the University of Michigan Medical School. Research in his laboratory is aimed at the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie normal neural circuit assembly in the cerebral cortex and their dysregulation in human neurodevelopmental disorders, in particular autism spectrum disorder, fragile X syndrome, and schizophrenia. Dr. Kwan completed his graduate and post-doctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Nenad Sestan at Yale School of Medicine. He has 14 years of experience in developmental neurobiology research and his worked has been recognized by awards from the Brain Research Foundation, March of Dimes Foundation, Simons Foundation, and Cajal Club.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor of Human Genetics and Research Assistant Professor, Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute, University of Michigan, USA

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