The human brain is an extraordinarily complex system that generates our behaviors and cognitive abilities, including the uniquely human capacity for language. Understanding the development of this complex system from infancy to adulthood is critically important if we are to fully understand the development of human behavior and cognition. When endeavoring to study something as complex as the brain, which can be characterized at many levels of investigation, one must determine what level to investigate. In this brief chapter, we discuss the development of the human brain at the network level. First, we discuss networks and network properties. Next, we describe current knowledge of network organization in the human brain and summarize the evidence for a language network. Finally, we discuss the development of the brain's functional network architecture as well as current methodological challenges. We approach these topics from a perspective of using noninvasive neuroimaging tools.
|Title of host publication||Neurobiology of Language|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2015|
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