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Bruce E. Wexler

Bruce E. Wexler is Professor of Psychiatry at Yale Medical School and Director of the Neurocognitive Research Laboratory at the Connecticut Mental Health Center.

Titles by This Author

Neurobiology, Ideology, and Social Change

Research shows that between birth and early adulthood the brain requires sensory stimulation to develop physically. The nature of the stimulation shapes the connections among neurons that create the neuronal networks necessary for thought and behavior. By changing the cultural environment, each generation shapes the brains of the next.

A BIT of Brain and Culture

By early adulthood, neuroplasticity is greatly reduced; the individual attempts to make the environment conform to the established internal structures of the brain and mind. This BIT explores the resulting difficulties for grappling with cultural and environmental change in adulthood. 

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