Educational Psychology Review

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 355–373 | Cite as

The Biologizing of Cognition, Development, and Education: Approach with Cautious Enthusiasm

  • Rhonda Douglas Brown
  • David F. Bjorklund


In our commentary, we propose the current research from the field of developmental neuroscience can be incorporated within the theoretical perspectives advocated by evolutionary psychologists and advocates of the developmental systems approach. We then describe research on memory and the relationship between spatial-temporal reasoning and mathematical abilities as examples of literatures that have benefitted from the neuroscience approach. We conclude by expressing enthusiasm for the recent neuroscience findings, but caution that developmental neuroscience's focus on infancy and preschool children should not result in an overemphasis on early development and education at the expense of later development and education.

cognitive neuroscience spatial-temporal reasoning mathematical abilities memory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rhonda Douglas Brown
    • 1
  • David F. Bjorklund
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca Raton

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