Cognitive flexibility develops earlier than previously thought

Scientific Evidence Platform Needs more evidence Cognitive flexibility develops earlier than previously thought



Cognitive flexibility has been measured as a unique characteristic in adult brains. However, scientists have less tools to assess cognitive flexibility during early infancy. A recent study has shown that whole-brain neural flexibility significantly increased with age, and they have demonstrated that more flexible brain function emerged in fifty-two typically developing children during the first 2 years of life.


  • Yin, W., Li, T., Hung, S.C., Zhang, H., Wang, L., Shen, D., Zhu, H., Mucha, P.J., Cohen, J.R., Lin, W. (2020). The emergence of a functionally flexible brain during early infancy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 117 (38) 23904-23913. 

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