Your baby's brain explained | A Parent24 Series

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A series on the development of the human brain from infancy to adolescence
A series on the development of the human brain from infancy to adolescence

The study of the brain dates as far back as ancient Egypt.

Despite immense advancement in technology, which allows experts to understand the mechanisms of brain-behaviour relationships, much remains unknown about the 1.5kg mass occupying the space between our ears. 

Still, what we do know is that, like any species which relies on neurons to function, just about everything we do is all down to our rather remarkable brain


This is the first in a series on the development of the human brain from infancy to adolescence.

Find the complete series here: Your baby's brain explained: A Parent24 Series 


From our impulses, emotions, thoughts and behaviours, we're all brain, baby (pun intended!). Understanding brain-behaviour relationships might be the key to making parenting somewhat easier, or at the very least provide an explanation to what seems inexplicable: your child. 

To provide an easy to understand guide to your child's brain, Parent24 teamed up with experts from the University of the Witwatersrand, lead by WITS NeuRL (Neuroscience Research Lab) collaborating with the MRC/Wits Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit (DPHRU), and the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Human Development. 

We'll be looking at the development of the brain from the first trimester of pregnancy all the way through to the teen years, to help you get a handle on what to expect from your child at each phase and how to maybe even boost their development. 

Next: Your baby's brain explained | 'Built from the bottom up': foetus to newborn 

Find the complete series here: Your baby's brain explained: A Parent24 Series 

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