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Due Date: 11:59 pm EST Friday of Unit 2

Points: 100

Overview:

In this assignment forum, you will be exploring different aspects of brain development

and how nature and nurture influence its development.

Instructions:

After reading about brain development from the prenatal period through adolescence:

• Choose two aspects of brain development that were of most interest to you.

• Describe these aspects of brain development and explain why you found them

interesting/important.

For many years, scientists believed that brain development was strictly controlled by
“nature” (genetics, biological development). According to the neuroconstructivist view,
we now know that development of the brain is significantly influenced by nurture
(experience). The ability of experience to change the structure and/or activity of the
developing brain is known as “neuroplasticity.”

• Give two examples of how experience can impact brain development in an

adverse way.

• Give two examples of how experience can impact brain development in a

positive way.

• How can the concept of neuroplasticity be practically applied to furthering

positive brain and behavioral outcomes? Support your view with a scholarly

research article that demonstrates how experience can change the

brain/behavior for the better. Post the link to the article for your classmates to

review. Briefly summarize the key findings of the article.

Requirements:

• By the Friday deadline, share your work with the class in this Unit 2 Assignment

Forum.

• By the Sunday deadline, review your classmates’ work and provide at least one

(1) reply.

PSY201 – Child Development

Assignment Forum: Brain Development

Evaluation Rubric for Brain Development Assignment Forum

CRITERIA Deficient Needs
Improvement

Proficient Exemplary

0-8 points 9-11 points 12-14 points 15 points

Two Aspects
of Brain
Development
and Why
Important/Inte
resting

Components
are minimally
or not
addressed.

Components
are somewhat
addressed.

Components
are mostly
addressed.

Components
are thoroughly
addressed.

0-11 points 12-15 points 16-19 points 20 points

Two
Examples of
Negative
Impact from
Experience

Components
are minimally
or not
addressed.

Components
are somewhat
addressed.

Components
are mostly
addressed.

Components
are thoroughly
addressed.

0-11 points 12-15 points 16-19 points 20 points

Two
Examples of
Positive
Impact from
Experience

Components
are minimally
or not
addressed.

Components
are somewhat
addressed.

Components
are mostly
addressed.

Components
are thoroughly
addressed.

0-11 points 12-15 points 16-19 points 20 points

Application of
neuroplasticit
y for Positive
Brain
Outcomes.
Explanation
supported by
scholarly
article
sharing and
summarizatio
n of findings.

Components
are minimally
or not
addressed.

Components
are somewhat
addressed.

Components
are mostly
addressed.

Components
are thoroughly
addressed.

0-2 points 3 points 4 points 5 points

Article APA
Citation

Citation is not
present, and/or
APA style
formatting has
significant
errors.

Citation has
some issues
with APA style
formatting.

Citation has
minor errors in
APA style
formatting.

Citation is
included and
correctly
formatted in
APA style.

0-5 points 6-7 points 8-9 points 10 points

Peer
Response

No response
post made to a
classmate’s
posting.

Peer response
provided
though minimal
and lacking

Peer response
elaborates on
classmate’s
ideas with

Peer response
elaborates on
classmate’s
ideas with

depth by
restating or
summarizing
what was
already
expressed;
details and
new ideas
missing or
lacking.

further
comment or
observation but
does not raise
a question or
offer an
alternative
perspective.

further
comment or
observation;
presents a
relevant new
idea or
viewpoint for
consideration;
raises a
question or
politely offers
an alternative
perspective.

0 points 5 points 10 points

Posting Due
Dates

The
assignment
and response
were not
posted by the
due dates of
the unit.

Either the
assignment or
the response
was not posted
by the due date
of the unit.

Both the
assignment
and response
were posted by
the due dates
of the unit.

Brain Development

 Overview: In this assignment forum, you will be exploring different aspects of brain development and how nature and nurture influence its development. Instructions: After reading about brain development from the prenatal period through adolescence: • Choose two aspects of brain development that were of most interest to you. • Describe these aspects of brain development and explain why you found them interesting/important. For many years, scientists believed that brain development was strictly controlled by “nature” (genetics, biological development). According to the neuroconstructivist view, we now know that development of the brain is significantly influenced by nurture (experience). The ability of experience to change the structure and/or activity of the developing brain is known as “neuroplasticity.” • Give two examples of how experience can impact brain development in an adverse way. • Give two examples of how experience can impact brain development in a positive way. • How can the concept of neuroplasticity be practically applied to furthering positive brain and behavioral outcomes? Support your view with a scholarly research article that demonstrates how experience can change the brain/behavior for the better. Post the link to the article for your classmates to review. Briefly summarize the key findings of the article. 

Brain Development

 Overview: In this assignment forum, you will be exploring different aspects of brain development and how nature and nurture influence its development. Instructions: After reading about brain development from the prenatal period through adolescence: • Choose two aspects of brain development that were of most interest to you. • Describe these aspects of brain development and explain why you found them interesting/important. For many years, scientists believed that brain development was strictly controlled by “nature” (genetics, biological development). According to the neuroconstructivist view, we now know that development of the brain is significantly influenced by nurture (experience). The ability of experience to change the structure and/or activity of the developing brain is known as “neuroplasticity.” • Give two examples of how experience can impact brain development in an adverse way. • Give two examples of how experience can impact brain development in a positive way. • How can the concept of neuroplasticity be practically applied to furthering positive brain and behavioral outcomes? Support your view with a scholarly research article that demonstrates how experience can change the brain/behavior for the better. Post the link to the article for your classmates to review. Briefly summarize the key findings of the article.