Brain Development Research Throughout Lifespan
Infancy (Birth-1) pg. 67-108
Brain development starts within days of conception.
Shaken Baby Syndrome- injuries resulting from babies being shaken.
Pathways and synapses are created, peaking at 4 months.
Newborn to 1 year
*Just after birth the baby is called neonates
Physical Qualities and ChangesWithin weeks of birth the newborn can support their own head
Within months the baby can sit, stand up, crawl, climb, and eventually walk
Pregnancy and Birth
Care Before PregnancyFind good medical care
Checkup before pregnancy- possible genetic testing
Well balanced diet + healthy body weight +physical fitness
Take supplements of Folic Acid (Type of Vitamin)
Resist alcohol, drugs (prescript
Brain Development and Function
Contains 100 billion nerve cells
Continues to develop through life
Should be protected from damage
Inside the Brain
Neurons: basic unit of the brain and nervous system; handles information processing
3 Basic Parts
Developmental Theories- provide a set of guiding principles and concepts that describe and
explain human development.
By understanding these growths, we can allow it to take place in positive ways
Psychoanalytic Theory Examines the factors that motivate b