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Child Dev. 2000 Jan-Feb;71(1):75-81.

Functional brain development in infants: elements of an interactive specialization framework.

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Center for Brain and Cognitive Development, School of Psychology, Birkbeck College, University of London, United Kingdom.


One future direction for cognitive development research involves a closer integration with our knowledge about the developing brain. I present a framework for analyzing and interpreting postnatal functional brain development in human infants. Three specific hypotheses contribute to this framework, within which a variety of phenomena associated with the neural basis of perception and cognition in normal and abnormal development can be characterized.

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