The Impact Of Technology On Our Understanding Of The Developing Brain

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Discuss ways in which modern (post 1950) neuroscientific research has had an impact on our understanding of the developing brain.
Early stages of embryonic progression show how the human brain and nervous system start to occur at three weeks from contraception, with the closing of the neural tube and By four weeks, major sections of the brain can be distinguished in a simple form, including the forebrain, midbrain, hindbrain divisions and optic vesicle, where the eye matures from. (Brainfacts.org, 2012) From the premature stages advances the essential processes such as the sensory systems after birth. This essay will address how studies within post 1950 neuroscientific research utilise; brain imaging techniques, case studies of child neglect, and studies on animals and how this contributes to establish the mechanisms of pivotal functions such as, firstly, the expansion of grey and white matter and then speech/ first language development. Finally this essay will also focus on vision development and how these three critical processes can be shaped by the formation and growth of systems in the brain.
One of the first major magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies on brain development in the 1980’s in America, focused on a qualitative account and extension of grey and white matter during the first 2 years of postnatal life. With over 51 new born babies aged 29-42 weeks post conception involved, images were used to formulate stages for the appearance of grey-white matter…

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