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.
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 Behavior 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