Neurological and Brain Development
The Stages and Sequences of Neurological and Brain Development from Birth to 7 Years Old
To understand the stages of brain development we need to understand how it is made up and the importance of what influences that development, and how vital it all is to the outcome of the growing baby from birth.
Interestingly the brain develops from the bottom areas first; followed by higher, more complex areas. Margot Sunderland refers to the brain in layers: the deepest, oldest reptilian brain that looks after body function; the middle, mammalian brain that deals with emotions, and the most evolutionary recent rational brain that processes these emotions and looks after reasoning, creativity, self awareness, kindness and empathy, fear and rage. Whilst the reptilian and mammalian brains are well developed at birth, they are not well connected with the immature rational brain.
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