Developing Brain

SERIES EDITOR: Margaret M. McCarthy, University of Maryland School of Medicine
The goal of this series is to provide a comprehensive state-of-the art overview of how the brain develops and those processes that affect it. Topics range from the fundamentals of axonal guidance and synaptogenesis prenatally to the influence of hormones, sex, stress, maternal care and injury during the early postnatal period to an additional critical period at puberty. Easily accessible expert reviews combine analyses of detailed cellular mechanisms with interpretations of significance and broader impact of the topic area on the field of neuroscience and the understanding of brain and behavior.

Series ISSN: 2159-5194 (print) and 2159-5208 (electronic)

Editor Bios


Sex and the Developing Brain, Second Edition Sex and the Developing Brain, Second Edition
Margaret M. McCarthy
The brains of males and females, men and women, are different, that is a fact. What is debated is how different and how important are those differences. Sex differences in the brain are determined by genetics, hormones, and experience, which in human...
Publication Date: September, 2017

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X & Y Chromosomal Variations X & Y Chromosomal Variations
Carole A. Samango-Sprouse, Andrea L. Gropman
This is the first book on X and Y chromosomal disorders to address these common but rarely diagnosed conditions. This book seeks to present the latest in research and clinical care addressing neuroimaging, the interaction between hormones, brain deve...

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Adolescent Brain Development Adolescent Brain Development
Lisa Wright, Stan Kutcher
This book is the foundation of unlocking one of the greatest mysteries mankind has faced throughout history...the teen brain. The teen brain is fundamentally different from the brain of an adult or of a child, so this book provides a starting point ...
Publication Date: April, 2016

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Pattern Formation in the Cerebellum Pattern Formation in the Cerebellum
Carol Armstrong, Richard Hawkes
Pattern formation has fascinated biologists since the time of Aristotle, but only recently have new tools begun to reveal the underlying mechanisms that create these patterns during development. In particular, the central nervous system is dynamicall...
Publication Date: 10/01/2013

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Development of the Hypothalamus Development of the Hypothalamus
Stuart Tobet, Kristy McClellan
The involvement of key factors operating independently or in cooperation with others contributes to physical and physiological mechanisms to help engineer a vertebrate hypothalamus. The actions of these key factors influence developmental mechanisms ...
Publication Date: 04/01/2013

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Stress and the Developing Brain Stress and the Developing Brain
Lisa Wright, Tara Perrot
The human brain does not develop in a vacuum according to a set of predetermined blueprints; it is involved in a dynamic interplay with the environment that influences gene expression and ultimately structure and function. Some cortical regions, such...
Publication Date: 12/01/2012

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Endocrine Disruptors and The Developing Brain Endocrine Disruptors and The Developing Brain
Andrea C. Gore, Sarah M. Dickerson
Exposure to environmental chemicals with the potential to alter endocrine system function, known as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), may be contributing to an overall decline in wildlife populations and the reproductive health of humans.
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Publication Date: 03/01/2012

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Brain Development and Sexual Orientation Brain Development and Sexual Orientation
Jacques Balthazart
Sexual orientation (homo- vs. heterosexuality) is one of many sex differences observed in humans. Sex differences can result from differential postnatal experiences (interaction with parents, environment) or from biological factors (hormones and gene...
Publication Date: 08/01/2012

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The Immune System and the Developing Brain The Immune System and the Developing Brain
Jaclyn Schwarz, Staci D. Bilbo
The developing brain is exquisitely sensitive to both endogenous and exogenous signals which direct or significantly alter the developmental trajectory of cells, neural circuits, and associated behavioral outcomes for the life of the individual. Cont...
Publication Date: 01/01/2011

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Seizures and the Developing Brain Seizures and the Developing Brain
Aristea Galanopoulou
Seizures are more common early in life than in adulthood. Bidirectional interactions between seizures and normal developmental processes define their expression and outcomes. Several developmentally regulated factors control neuronal excitability. GA...
Publication Date: 01/01/2011

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Perinatal Brain Development, Malformation, and Injury Perinatal Brain Development, Malformation, and Injury
Anna Penn, Juliet Knowles
In the current era of specialized high-risk obstetrics and neonatal intensive care units, many newborns born extremely prematurely or term newborns with complex brain injuries survive the neonatal period. However, morbidity from early brain injury is...
Publication Date: 01/01/2011

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Development of Brain and Behavior in Birds Development of Brain and Behavior in Birds
Juli Wade
Sex differences in brain and behavior are widespread across vertebrates. Birds exhibit remarkable examples of these types of parallels between structure and function. For example, only male zebra finches sing, and the brain areas and muscles controll...
Publication Date: 01/01/2011

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Creating Connections in the Developing Brain Creating Connections in the Developing Brain
Linda Richards, Ilan Gobius
The corpus callosum is the largest fibre tract in the human brain and subserves many of the brain's higher-order functions. Disconnection syndromes resulting from surgical ablation, developmental absence (agenesis of the corpus callosum), disease, or...
Publication Date: 01/01/2011

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Sex and the Developing Brain Sex and the Developing Brain
Margaret McCarthy
The brains of males and females, men and women, are different...that is a fact. What is debated is how different and how important those differences are. Sex differences in the brain are determined by genetics, hormones, and experience, which in huma...
Publication Date: 01/01/2010

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