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Self-Organizing Ontogenesis on the Phyletic Frame

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/9780199838523.003.0007
Self-Organizing Ontogenesis on the Phyletic Frame

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This chapter considers how a general understanding of the structure and process of the mammalian brain may be important to interpreting the unique features of the human brain. The explanation comes from an evolutionary-developmental analysis, as it is informed by the embryological evidence. Bringing this framework to psychological theory shows not only new ways of thinking about familiar questions, but opportunities to recognize unexamined preconceptions. It concludes that through a neurodevelopmental analysis, we can recognize the continuity of ontogenesis, from the evolutionary-developmental foundations of neuroembryological differentiation to the social and psychological foundations of individuation and self-actualization.

Keywords: mammalian brain; human brain; psychological theory; neural development

Chapter.  12388 words. 

Subjects: Neuroscience

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