Wiring instructions from the social environment

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A note for Lesson no. 3, "Little Brains Wire Themselves to Their World," in Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett.
Some context from page 48‌‌‌ is:

A baby’s wiring instructions come not only from the physical environment but also from the social environment....

See these references.[1][2][3][4][5]


  1. Atzil, Shir, Wei Gao, Isaac Fradkin, and Lisa Feldman Barrett. 2018. "Growing a Social Brain." Nature Human Behavior 2 (9): 624–636.
  2. Barrett, Lisa Feldman. 2017. How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  3. Bernier, Annie, Susan D. Calkins, and Martha Ann Bell. 2016. “Longitudinal Associations Between the Quality of Mother-Infant Interactions and Brain Development Across Infancy.” Child Development 87 (4): 1159–1174.
  4. Grossmann, Tobias. 2015. “The Development of Social Brain Functions in Infancy.” Psychological Bulletin 141 (6):1266–87
  5. Tottenham, Nim. 2018. "The Fundamental Role Of Early Environments To Developing an Emotionally Healthy Brain." Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences 5 (1): 98–103.