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How do these neural pathways develop in the first

Scientists once thought that the brain stopped developing after the first few years of life. They thought that connections formed between the brain’s nerve cells during an early “critical period” and then were fixed in place as we age. If connections between neurons developed only during the first few years of life, then only young brains would be “” and thus able to form new connections. (To learn more about neurons, click .)If you are interested in other areas of ongoing rese

Scientists once thought that the brain stopped developing after the first years of life. They thought that connections formed between the brain’s nerve cells during an early “critical period” and then were fixed in place as we age. If connections between neurons developed only during the first few years of life, then only young brains would be “” and thus able to form new connections. (To learn more about neurons, click .)

Providing young children with a healthy environment in which to learn and grow is not only good for their development—economists have also shown that high-quality early childhood programs bring impressive returns on investment to public. Three of the most rigorous long-term studies found a range of returns between $4 and $9 for every dollar invested in early learning programs for low-income children. Program participants followed into adulthood benefited from increased earnings while the public saw return

*The number “more than 1 million new neural connections per second” updates an earlier estimate of 700-1,000 new connections (which still appears in some of the Center’s printed publications, but as of April 2017 has been updated online and in all PDFs). All of these numbers are estimates, calculated in a variety of different ways, but we are making this change in our materials after a careful review of additional data that were called to our attention. The Center is deeply committed to a rigorous pro

What is becoming more certain, however, is the importance of stability and safety in human development, and that such stability is tied to cognitive function. At any point in time, a single major interruption has the ability to throw off the intricate workings of our brain. We may not really understand how these events affect our lives until much later—which is why efforts to unlock the secrets of the brain’s inner workings remain so vital.Swart’s research dovetails with the efforts of man

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