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Document Number: 9682

Connecting Neurons, Concepts, and People: Brain Development and its Implications - This brief explains that while brain development the brain is most malleable in the early childhood years when its processes are much more fluid and more susceptible to environmental influences and simulation -- both positive and negative. For this reason, homes and early childhood settings with interactive, responsive and engaging adults and peers contribute to healthy brain development. It also means that preventing developmental difficulties is easier when identified in younger children. (Ross Thompson, National Institute for Education Research, 2008)...

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