Interactive specialization: a domain-general framework for human functional brain development?

Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2011 Jan;1(1):7-21. doi: 10.1016/j.dcn.2010.07.003. Epub 2010 Jul 30.


A domain-general framework for interpreting data on human functional brain development is presented. Assumptions underlying the general theory and predictions derived from it are discussed. Developmental functional neuroimaging data from the domains of face processing, social cognition, word learning and reading, executive control, and brain resting states are used to assess these predictions. Finally, potential criticisms of the framework are addressed and challenges for the future presented.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / growth & development*
  • Brain Mapping / methods
  • Cognition / physiology*
  • Functional Neuroimaging / methods*
  • Humans
  • Nerve Net / growth & development*
  • Social Behavior*