[Cognitive and brain development of memory from infancy to early adulthood]

Biol Aujourdhui. 2015;209(3):249-60. doi: 10.1051/jbio/2015026. Epub 2016 Jan 28.
[Article in French]


Cognitive and brain development are closely linked from infancy to adulthood. The purpose of this article is to review the current state of knowledge on behavioral and brain substrates of memory development. First, we will review cognitive development of different memory systems, from procedural to autobiographical memory. We will discuss how the development of other cognitive functions (language, attention, executive functions and metamemory) participates in memory development. Second, we will describe how structural and functional changes in two core brain regions of memory, i.e. the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex, impact the protracted development of memory throughout childhood.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aging / physiology
  • Aging / psychology*
  • Animals
  • Brain / cytology
  • Brain / growth & development*
  • Cognition / physiology*
  • Growth and Development / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Memory / physiology*