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Trends Cogn Sci. 2014 Aug;18(8):395-403. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2014.04.010. Epub 2014 May 24.

Developmental process emerges from extended brain-body-behavior networks.

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1
Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University, 1101 E. 10th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA. Electronic address: lbyrge@indiana.edu.
2
Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University, 1101 E. 10th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA.

Abstract

Studies of brain connectivity have focused on two modes of networks: structural networks describing neuroanatomy and the intrinsic and evoked dependencies of functional networks at rest and during tasks. Each mode constrains and shapes the other across multiple timescales and each also shows age-related changes. Here we argue that understanding how brains change across development requires understanding the interplay between behavior and brain networks: changing bodies and activities modify the statistics of inputs to the brain; these changing inputs mold brain networks; and these networks, in turn, promote further change in behavior and input.

KEYWORDS:

brain networks; connectivity; development; dynamic system; embodiment

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24862251
PMCID:
PMC4112155
DOI:
10.1016/j.tics.2014.04.010
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