Nurturing Your Baby’s Cortical Development
Not only do early experiences play a role in later language-processing ability, but also in cognitive aspects of development, including “seeking, noticing, and incorporating new and more complex experiences, as well as schemas for categorizing and thinking about experiences (pg. 9).” 1
Cortical development during infancy is influenced by central nervous system activity that results from experience, or nurture. Before the onset of spoken language, adults nurture via one-to-one interactions with the baby that dictate his/her “experience” of the world. Once spoken language emerges, babies have more control over such experiences; however, that control is very much influenced by earlier experiences. 1
Therefore, by introducing communication during infancy, you are not only promoting child-directed speech and language by adults in your baby’s environment, but you are also giving your baby some degree of control over his/her experience of the world.