State of the Art: How babies' brains work

Mark H. Johnson looks at babies’ cognitive and brain development and describes how they actively contribute to the construction of their own brain.
IS it a valuable investment in the future to provide ‘enriched’ environments for young infants, as suggested at a meeting in 1997 convened by Bill and Hillary Clinton? Is it worthwhile attempting to treat some developmental disorders during early infancy, or are such interventions better left until later in development? Questions such as these indicate the importance of our understanding of the early postnatal development of the brain, and how this relates to the changing perceptual and cognitive abilities of infants.

BPS Members can discuss this article

Already a member? Or Create an account

Not a member? Find out about becoming a member or subscriber