Early Experience, Neurobiology, Plasticity, Vulnerability, and Resilience

Michael E. Lamb

in Evolution, Early Experience and Human Development

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199755059
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979479 | DOI:
Early Experience, Neurobiology, Plasticity, Vulnerability, and Resilience

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In this commentary, the author cautions that correlations between neurobiological and behavioral markers could have multiple explanations and do not demonstrate causal relationships nor the necessity of particular experiences. Infants and children have proven resilient in the face of adverse experiences, and the interesting questions concern developmental processes and the individual differences in reactions to similar experiences. The contrasting foci of researchers who emphasize clinical evidence as opposed to normative developmental processes may distort conclusions by both groups.

Keywords: critical experiences; plasticity; resilience; correlation and causality

Chapter.  2355 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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