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Brain Development: Normal Processes and the Effects of Alcohol and Nicotine

Michael W. Miller


This is the first book about both normal development of the nervous system and how early exposure to alcohol and nicotine interferes with this development. The developing nervous system is highly dynamic and vulnerable to genetic and epigenetic factors that can be additive or synergistic. Disruption of normal brain development leads to an array of developmental disorders. One of the most common of these is mental retardation, the prime cause of which is prenatal exposure to alcohol. As chapters in this book show, alcohol has direct effects on the developing neural system and it affects genetic ... More

Keywords: nervous system, genetic factors, epigenetic factors, mental retardation, prenatal alcohol exposure, nicotine, neurotransmitter systems, ontogenetic processes, neural networks, dysfunctional brain

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195183139
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183139.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael W. Miller, editor
Department of Neuroscience & Physiology, SUNY-Upstate Medical University, Syracuse

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Part I Normal Development

Part II Ethanol-Affected Development

Part III Nicotine-Affected Development

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