Advances in the Neurodevelopment of Newborn Infants

A special issue of Brain Sciences (ISSN 2076-3425). This special issue belongs to the section "Developmental Neuroscience".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 August 2024 | Viewed by 121

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, Box 1225, 75142 Uppsala, Sweden
Interests: perception; neurodevelopment; preterm development; manual development; gaze development; infant cognition; mirror neurons

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Guest Editor
Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, Box 1225, 75142 Uppsala, Sweden
Interests: early action development; infant brain; neural migration; sensory prediction; early cognitive development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Newborn babies have traditionally been perceived as helpless and unable to consider aspects of the world around them. Recent research has proven this view to be wrong, demonstrating that the development of the brain during the latter part of pregnancy is, in fact, extremely dramatic. In this period of time, the cerebral cortex becomes innervated, beginning with the subplate, and retinal waves then go on to prime the visual cortex. During the latter part of pregnancy, the sensory systems prepare to functionally evaluate incoming information, allowing for the motor system to prepare to act. As all of the senses, including vision, function at birth, sensorimotor capabilities such as reaching and looking become adjusted to the outside world. Moreover, newborns are sensitive to biological motion and are attracted by faces and other social stimuli. As such, it is from birth that infants explore objects and activity in their surroundings and reflect on them.

For this Special Issue, we seek articles related to the following topics:

  • An overview of the important neural events during late fetal development and the neurodevelopment of newborns;
  • Early perceptual capabilities, including those for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and proprioception;
  • The neurodevelopmental problems that arise in connection with premature birth;
  • Basic methods for evaluating brain functioning in the fetus and in newborn children.

Prof. Dr. Claes Von Hofsten
Dr. Kerstin Rosander
Guest Editors

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  • connectomics
  • subplate functioning
  • brain development
  • neonatal perception
  • sensorimotor functioning
  • preterm infants
  • MRI
  • NIRS

Published Papers

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