Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Quartz & Sejnowski: Cognitive development

Constraining the brain: The role of developmental psychology in developmental cognitive neuroscience

David Estes a1 and Karen Bartsch a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82071-3415


Developmental psychology should play an essential constraining role in developmental cognitive neuroscience. Theories of neural development must account explicitly for the early emergence of knowledge and abilities in infants and young children documented in developmental research. Especially in need of explanation at the neural level is the early emergence of meta-representation.