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Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (online): 2304-4977


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Is Neuroconstructivism a New paradigm in the Age-Related Psychophysiology? 2115


Mariutina T.M.
Doctor of Psychology, Head of Differential Psychology Department, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia

The article describes a new theoretical-experimental paradigm, characterizing the biological conditions and mechanisms of cognitive development – neuro-cognitivism, lists the prerequisites of its emergence, summarizes and analyses its basic concepts. The article highlights the interdisciplinary nature of this concept, the broad scope of modern approaches to development in the range of epigenesis to social determination. The article also discusses the feasibility of its application for the evaluation of disorders in mental development

Keywords: probability epigenesis; plasticity, experience dependent; physicality, neuroconstructivism, mental representation, developmental trajectories

Column: Neurosciences

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