Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience - AnIntroduction, 4e
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Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 4th Edition, is a revised and updated edition of the landmark text focusing on the development of brain and behaviour during infancy, childhood, and adolescence.

  • Offers a comprehensive introduction to all issues relating to the nature of brain-behaviour relationships and development
  • New or greatly expanded coverage of topics such as epigenetics and gene expression, cell migration and stem cells, sleep and learning/memory, socioeconomic status and development of prefrontal cortex function
  • Includes a new chapter on educational neuroscience, featuring the latest findings on the application of cognitive neuroscience methods in school-age educational contexts
  • Includes a variety of student-friendly features such as chapter-end discussion, practical applications of basic research, and material on recent technological breakthroughs


Mark H. Johnson is Director of the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. He is the author of more than 300 papers, has written or edited ten books, is an elected Fellow of several academic societies, and is a former editor-in-chief of the Wiley-Blackwell Journal of Developmental Science.

Michelle de Haan is Reader in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience in the Institute of Child Health at University College London, UK, and Honorary Principal Neuropsychologist for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust.


List of Figures viii

List of Tables xi

Preface to the First Edition xii

Preface to the Fourth Edition xiv

Acknowledgements xv

Abbreviations xix

About the Companion Website xxi

1 The Biology of Change 1

2 Methods and Populations 17

3 From Gene to Brain 32

4 Building a Brain 43

5 Vision, Orienting, and Attention 83

6 Perceiving and Acting in a World of Objects 110

7 Perceiving and Acting in the Social World 121

8 Learning and Long-Term Memory 153

9 Language 166

10 Prefrontal Cortex, Working Memory, and Decision-Making 183

11 Cerebral Lateralization 197

12 Educational Neuroscience 205

13 Interactive Specialization 221

14 Toward an Integrated Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience 240

References 251

Index 300


“Johnson and de Haan continue to provide an excellent overview of a vast and fast moving field. The new method for imaging the human brain while at rest provides support for the interactive specialization framework that organizes the research reported in this new edition.”

Michael Posner, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology and Institute of Neuroscience, University of Oregon


"Johnson and de Haan have done an incredible service to the field with this important book. It's a must for experts and students alike. It is extremely thorough and well-written, covering an interdisciplinary field in a way that is both informative and exciting."

Dima Amso, Associate Professor, Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences, Brown University


“A tour de force for those interested in the intersection of brain and cognitive development; beautifully written, thoroughly researched and highly accessible. This landmark book should be required reading for anyone interested in the intersection of brain, development and cognition.”

Charles A. Nelson III, Professor of Pediatrics and Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Graduate School of Education and Boston Children’s Hospital