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Neurodevelopmental Mechanisms of Learning

Don M. Tucker and Phan Luu

in Cognition and Neural Development

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199838523
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199985654 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199838523.003.0001
Neurodevelopmental Mechanisms of Learning

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This chapter presents an overview of the embryonic mechanisms of synaptogenesis and activity-dependent pruning that shape the brain's anatomy in utero, and then are continued in postnatal neural development to form the neural substrate for learning. The discussion covers learning and synaptic plasticity, modern learning theory, neural control of expectancy, vertical integration of learning, and self-regulation through activation and arousal.

Keywords: synaptogeneis; embryonic mechanisms; brain development; learning; synaptic plasticity; vertical integration; self-regulation

Chapter.  8177 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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