Young brains

18Aug07

All the skepticism about neuroscience telling us about mind applies, butthis article from the Economist is interesting. If I follow the conclusions correctly, it says that one network of brain functions handles new challenges and another evaluates longer-term plans. In the minds of children, however, these are one network, with the long-term functions wrapped inside the new-stuff functions. This makes sense.

Also: Children take images and ideas one at a time and not in context. Again, makes sense. This seems to me to be an area suited to research outside neurology, if only to duplicate findings.

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