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Wiring the Brain: Sensitive Period in Language Acquisition

NEURO-FISA33

Establishment of the neural circuit underlying language acquisition in humans is a great example of the sensitive or critical period in the development of the nervous system.

From the statements below, choose those that accurately describe the features of the sensitive period.

Select ALL that apply.

A

The sensitive period for language acquisition spans late prenatal and early postnatal time.

B

Establishment of the neural circuitry for language acquisition during the sensitive period is genetically predetermined.

C

The sensitive period for language acquisition is characterized by the substantial increase in neural plasticity during development.

D

Changes in neural circuitry for language acquisition that happen during the sensitive period are much greater than changes that may happen to it as an adult, and these changes persist for life.