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Policy Brief – Connecting Neurons, Concepts, and People: Brain Development and its Implications

December 1, 2008
OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

This policy brief summarizes what is known about early brain development and corrects some of the common misunderstandings of the research.

By Ross A. Thompson
NIEER Policy Brief (Issue 17, December 2008)


Over the last decade, news reports, policy statements, and commercial marketing have all contributed to the public’s understanding of early brain growth. While the most significant advances in brain architecture occur prenatally, brain development is life long. This NIEER policy brief summarizes what is known about early neurobiological development.   en español

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