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The Fundamentals of Brain Development

Integrating Nature and Nurture

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$74.50 • £59.95 • €67.00

ISBN 9780674026742

Publication Date: 02/28/2008


440 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

50 line illustrations, 10 halftones, 7 tables


[Stiles] successfully blends the genetic regulation of brain development with the influence of environment at each developmental stage.—L. A. Meserve, Choice

The Fundamentals of Brain Development, as Stiles intended, is a timely survey of developmental neurobiology. Neuronal differentiation, migration, plasticity, sensitive periods, intrinsic factors and a discussion of experiential environments are all here. It is detailed, beautifully illustrated, thoroughly researched and should become a standard for any researcher who needs to look to neurobiological explanations to account for early developmental changes.—Bruce M. Hood, Nature

[Stiles] ends up taking readers through a surprisingly detailed exposition of brain development and constructing a scholarly synthesis that will inform not only developmental psychology but even all of neuroscience and cognitive science.—Mriganka Sur, Science

This incisive and accessible account of brain development should be of great interest to the serious student of human behavior. Stiles does a superlative job of reviewing a vast literature, and her discussion of nativism, and the nature/nurture problem, is brilliant. I wish The Fundamentals of Brain Development could be a foundational text for all graduate work in developmental psychology.—Charles A. Nelson, Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

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