Acta Scientific Ophthalmology (ISSN: 2582-3191)

Commentary Volume 4 Issue 9

Commentary: It is Time for Societal Support to Foster All Young Children’s Optimum Brain Development?

Doris Bergen*

Department of Educational Psychology, Miami University, USA

*Corresponding Author: Doris Bergen, Department of Educational Psychology, Miami University, USA.

Received: May 20, 2021; Published: August 21, 2021

  During the past twenty-five years evidence for the importance of early brain development has multiplied [1]. It is now common knowledge that the experiences children have during their prenatal to five or six years of life will greatly influence the richness and types of neural connections in their brains. The complex development of these synaptic connections (as well as their later pruning) affects human intellectual, social, and emotional growth during childhood and also affects adult competence [2]. Of course, those who care for and teach young children have long been aware of the great expansion of knowledge and wide variety of behaviors that young children exhibit across these early years. In fact, it often seems that young children learn new behaviors (and make new neural connections) many times a day! When early childhood educators learn about the processes of synaptogenesis, they are able to give many examples of how this dynamic process is exhibited in child behaviors.

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Citation

Citation: Doris Bergen. “Commentary: It is Time for Societal Support to Foster All Young Children’s Optimum Brain Development?". Acta Scientific Ophthalmology 4.9 (2021): 49-50.

Copyright

Copyright: © 2021 Doris Bergen. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.




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