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Don Tucker and Phan Luu

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199838523

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199838523.001.0001

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Self-Organizing Ontogenesis on the Phyletic Frame

Self-Organizing Ontogenesis on the Phyletic Frame

(p.190) 7 Self-Organizing Ontogenesis on the Phyletic Frame
Cognition and Neural Development

Don M. Tucker

Phan Luu

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers how a general understanding of the structure and process of the mammalian brain may be important to interpreting the unique features of the human brain. The explanation comes from an evolutionary-developmental analysis, as it is informed by the embryological evidence. Bringing this framework to psychological theory shows not only new ways of thinking about familiar questions, but opportunities to recognize unexamined preconceptions. It concludes that through a neurodevelopmental analysis, we can recognize the continuity of ontogenesis, from the evolutionary-developmental foundations of neuroembryological differentiation to the social and psychological foundations of individuation and self-actualization.

Keywords:   mammalian brain, human brain, psychological theory, neural development

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