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The Growing Brain and the Environment

The brain is what some scientists call a use-dependent organ. It does not know what type of an environment it is going to be born into and is thus amazingly flexible to making adaptations based on experiences.

by Aidan Bohlander, Senior Content Specialist, ZERO TO THREE

During the early years of life, the foundation for the architecture of the brain is being laid. It is solidified through the early experiences adults provide for very young children, which influence whether the brain’s architecture will be strong or fragile. Therefore, researchers believe that early childhood is a prime opportunity to positively influence the course of a person’s life.

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