- Researchers in the UK and India have found evidence that early positive stimuli can help your baby's brain development. They think that the genetic variations they measured between two parts of the brain may be determined by so-called "nurture" factors, which is more environmental than hereditary. This means that positive experiences can boost cognitive skills, while negative experiences or lack of stimulation could hinder the capacity of the brain.
- "It is likely that genetic variations beyond those we inherit are important for our ability to adapt and evolve locally for specific organs and tissues. We believe our results indicate that such physiology driven genetic changes have a positive influence on the development of the neuronal connectivity early in life," said Dr Arijit Mukhopadhyay, a researcher in human genetics and genomics at the University of Salford.
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