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Audio 4.1: Play and Brain Development
Description: This podcast highlights research suggesting that free play may be critical to the formation of connections in the prefrontal cortex, the brain area most involved in executive control. The potential epigenetic effects of play on gene expression are also mentioned.
Audio 4.2: Babies and Sensory Experiences
Description: This parenting podcast offers ways that parents can help infants and toddlers integrate their sensory experiences to fuel their learning and motor development.
Video 4.1: The Little Albert Experiment
Description: The video explains classical conditioning and shows classic footage of the Little Albert experiment conducted by John B. Watson.
Video 4.2: Visual Habituation
Description: The video demonstrates the developmental progression of an infant’s visual habituation.
Video 4.3: Motor Milestones and Cognition
Description: The video illustrates a newborn assessment and exam immediately after birth, including explanation of the nurse’s actions and a close look at newborn characteristics.
Web 4.1: Baby Edward's Amazing Brain
Description: This article and video introduce you to Baby Edward, “a rolling demonstration of what neuroscientists call ‘synaptic exuberance.’”