Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Quartz & Sejnowski: Cognitive development

Cortical development: A progressive and selective mesh, with or without constructivism

Henry Kennedy a1 and Colette Dehay a1
a1 INSERM U371 Cerveau et Vision, 69675 Bron, France


A credible account of the neurobiology underlying cognitive development cannot afford to ignore the recently demonstrated innate regionalisation of the neocortex as well as the ontogeny of corticocortical phenomena, only for the latter does the timing of development permit control by external events and this is most likely to occur at later stages in the fine tuning of cortical microcircuitry.