The Neurobiology of Brain and Behavioral Development

The Neurobiology of Brain and Behavioral Development

1st Edition - October 23, 2017

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  • Editors: Robbin Gibb, Bryan Kolb
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128040843
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128040362

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The Neurobiology of Brain and Behavioral Development provides an overview of the process of brain development, including recent discoveries on how the brain develops. This book collates and integrates these findings, weaving the latest information with core information on the neurobiology of brain development. It focuses on cortical development, but also features discussions on how the other parts of the brain wire into the developing cerebral cortex. A systems approach is used to describe the anatomical underpinnings of behavioral development, connecting anatomical and molecular features of brain development with behavioral development.The disruptors of typical brain development are discussed in appropriate sections, as is the science of epigenetics that presents a novel and instructive approach on how experiences, both individual and intergenerational, can alter features of brain development. What distinguishes this book from others in the field is its focus on both molecular mechanisms and behavioral outcomes. This body of knowledge contributes to our understanding of the fundamentals of brain plasticity and metaplasticity, both of which are also showcased in this book.

Key Features

  • Provides an up-to-date overview of the process of brain development that is suitable for use as a university textbook at an early graduate or senior undergraduate level
  • Breadth from molecular level (Chapters 5-7) to the behavioral/cognitive level (Chapters 8-12), beginning with Chapters 1-4 providing a historical context of the ideas
  • Integrates the neurobiology of brain development and behavior, promoting the idea that animal models inform human development
  • Presents an emphasis on the role of epigenetics and brain plasticity in brain development and behavior


Early graduate students, senior undergraduates, postdocs, neuroscientists, researchers in the biological and biomedical sciences

Table of Contents

  • General Perspectives in Brain Development
    1. Overview of Brain Development
    2. Perspectives on behavioral development
    3. Overview of factors affecting brain development
    4. The role of animal models in developmental brain research

    Molecular Perspectives in Brain Development
    5. Stem Cells to Function
    6. Critical periods and cortical development
    7. Epigenetics and genetics of brain development

    8. Visual System
    9. Motor Systems
    10. Language and cognition
    11. Toward an Understanding of the Neural Basis of Executive Function Development
    12. Rough-and-tumble play and the development of the social brain: What do we know, how do we know it, and what do we need to know?

    Factors Influencing Development
    13. Brain Plasticity and Experience
    14. Hormones and Development
    15. Injury
    16. Socio-economic status

Product details

  • No. of pages: 496
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2017
  • Published: October 23, 2017
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128040843
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128040362

About the Editors

Robbin Gibb

Dr. Gibb is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge. She received her Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD degrees from the University of Lethbridge. Gibb’s animal research is focused on how early experiences influence brain development and recovery from early brain injury. She has examined maternal prenatal experience and paternal preconception experience as factors that influence the organization of the developing brain and offspring behaviour lifelong. Gibb's human research is centred on early development and interrelationship of motor control, language, and executive function in preschoolers. She serves on the advisory board for the Institute of Child and Youth studies at the University of Lethbridge and is an affiliate with the Institute of Child and Youth Studies at the university. Dr. Gibb has co-authored a handbook on practical advice to promote healthy brain development in children and a curriculum for supporting parent/caregiver interactions to foster development of executive function. She has written or co-authored over 90 articles and book chapters and given more than 150 invited presentations on brain development to scientists, health professionals, educators, parents and the general public in the past five years.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB, Canada

Bryan Kolb

Dr. Kolb is currently a Professor in the Department Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge, where he has been since 1976. He received his PhD from Pennsylvania State University and did postdoctoral work at the U of Western Ontario and the Montreal Neurological Institute. His recent work has focused on the development of the prefrontal cortex and how neurons of the cerebral cortex change in response to various pre- and postnatal developmental factors including hormones, experience, stress, drugs, neurotrophins, and injury, and how these changes are related to adult behaviour. Dr. Kolb has published 6 books, including two textbooks with Ian Whishaw (Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology, 7th Edition; Introduction to Brain and Behavior, 5th Edition), and over 400 articles and chapters. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Officer of the Order of Canada. He is a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research program in Child Brain Development.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB, Canada

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  • Henk E. Wed Mar 04 2020

    Must have

    This book is a must have for anybody who works in the field over (pediatric) neurorehabilitation. It is well written, with a comprehensive overview of the development of knowledge about the brain in the last century. Again and again the different authors come to the conclusion that the brain has an enormous capacity to adapt to the environment, but the underlying processes are still unknown for a big part.