Developmental process emerges from extended brain–body–behavior networks

Lisa Byrge, Olaf Sporns, Linda B. Smith

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Studies of brain connectivity have focused on two modes of networks: structural networks describing neuroanatomy and the intrinsic and evoked dependencies of functional networks at rest and during tasks. Each mode constrains and shapes the other across multiple timescales and each also shows age-related changes. Here we argue that understanding how brains change across development requires understanding the interplay between behavior and brain networks: changing bodies and activities modify the statistics of inputs to the brain; these changing inputs mold brain networks; and these networks, in turn, promote further change in behavior and input.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-403
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014
Externally publishedYes

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