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ERIC Number: ED503039
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Early Influences on Brain Architecture: An Interview with Neuroscientist Eric Knudsen. Perspectives
National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
Early experience has a powerful and lasting influence on how the brain develops. The physical and chemical conditions that encourage the building of a strong, adaptive brain architecture are present early in life. As brains age, a number of changes lock in the ways information is processed, making it more difficult for the brain to change to other ways of dealing with information. Maintaining plasticity--keeping the brain open to change--takes energy, and this energy is finite. The right kinds of early experiences make the best use of this energy for the benefit of both individuals and society. [The interviewer for this report was Marcy Ray.]
National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. Available from: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. 50 Church Street 4th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138. Tel: 617-496-0578; Fax: 617-496-1229; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
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