Genetic and Environmental Factors
of Individual Brain Development
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(1) source citation coming in a future edit of this post
(2) A) It is this massive brain reorganization that gives rise to the dreaded "terrible twos".
B) It is possible that various critical regions can develop during this period without the crucial stimulation necessary but it is highly unlikely. It is also possible for certain aspects to be developed later in life but they'll never be what they were had they undergone the necessary stimulation in the first place
(3) We'll get to this in more detail later, but meanwhile the hardline 'genetics rules the roost' types drive me batty. Of course genetics is at the crux of all life but it is how genes are expressed or turned on or off at birth and all through our lives that creates a great deal of "who we are" at any one point.
(4) At some point I'll get around to digging into what happens in that neurogenesis process in premature babies; IE: how the neurogenesis works when the baby is already out of the womb. If the gestation period is not full term and we look at the average rate of neuronal production, migration and development that would normally take place, it simply logical to assume that a lot of neuronal development has yet to take place in a premature baby and understanding some of the specifics of that could give us some very interesting insight into what goes on and why in people who were born prior to full normal gestation. Which is by no means any kind of judgment or assumption, only another angle to look at in understanding any such person's behaviour and cognitive abilities.