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The Timing and Quality of Early Experiences Combine to Shape Brain Architecture

Center on the Developing Child  Harvard University

Takumi and dadThe foundations of brain architecture are established early in life through a continuous series of dynamic interactions in which environmental conditions and personal experiences have a significant impact on how genetic predispositions are expressed. Because specific experiences affect specific brain circuits during specific developmental stages—referred to as sensitive periods— it is vitally important to take advantage of these early opportunities in the developmental building process.

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