Functional brain development in infants: elements of an interactive specialization framework

Child Dev. Jan-Feb 2000;71(1):75-81. doi: 10.1111/1467-8624.00120.


One future direction for cognitive development research involves a closer integration with our knowledge about the developing brain. I present a framework for analyzing and interpreting postnatal functional brain development in human infants. Three specific hypotheses contribute to this framework, within which a variety of phenomena associated with the neural basis of perception and cognition in normal and abnormal development can be characterized.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Brain / growth & development*
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Child Development / physiology*
  • Cognition / physiology
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Motor Skills / physiology