Early stages of brain creation and development
Introduction of brain development stages
In this blog we will go through steps of brain creation and its development. You will learn more on human brain’s early stages and factors which contribute to the brain development.
When brain development start?
Brain development begins with the formation and closure of the neural tube, the earliest nervous tissue that looks like a fat earthworm stretched out along the entire back of the embryo. The neural tube forms from the neural plate, which begins forming just sixteen days after conception.
This plate lengthens and starts folding up, forming a groove at around eighteen days, which then begins fusing shut into a tube around twenty-two days post-conception.
By 27 days, the tube is fully closed and has already begun its transformation into the brain and spinal cord of the embryo. When basis of the brain and spinal cord forms, The embryo then starts to produce nerve cells / neurons.
Hidden facts of brain development
- Neuroscientists have proved that the brain is affected by environmental conditions throughout the entire process of development, even prior to birth.
- 60% of the genes are dedicated to brain development.
- Genes drive the early stages of brain development.
- Genes and environment interact at every step of brain development but they play very different roles.
- Genes are responsible for the basic wiring plan for forming all of the cells (neurons) and general connections between different brain regions.
- While experience is responsible for fine-tuning those connections, helping each child adapt to the particular environment. Environment includes geographical, cultural, family, school, and peer-group.
- In first month following conception the cells in the neural tube start to multiply at an astonishing rate, reaching a maximum of 250,000 neurons a minute.
- Most of the brain’s lifetime’s supply of cells is produced by six months.
- Till 14 weeks very few of the brain cells are programmed to perform a function. Most of them start to move to form different areas of the brain. Most cells arrive at the correct site at the right time. The cells which are damaged or go astray tend to die.
- In very rare situations some cells do reach the wrong location and form the wrong connections with the result later seen in eventual disorders such as severe infantile epilepsy, autism, some forms of intellectual delay and vulnerability to develop schizophrenia.
- The brain produces many more cells than it will need. By the time the fetus is twenty weeks old, about half of these cells are deliberately shed. The remaining cells are organized into forty different physical areas that will broadly govern senses and skills such as vision, language and muscle movement.
Eat almonds for brain development
Put 3 to 4 almonds in water before going to sleep. Once you woke up in next morning remove almonds from water remove their shell and eat them. This will help in your child’s brain development. Eating almonds from early stage of pregnancy help in brain development of fetus in mother’s womb.