critical period

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critical period

n
(Psychology) psychol a period in a lifetime during which a specific stage of development usually occurs. If it fails to do so, it cannot readily occur afterwards
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(4) Dough-like period: it is also known as plastic period. In this period, MMA is completely combined with PMMA.
Like all regions of the brain, the visual cortex undergoes a highly plastic period during early life.
"We may be damaging the neuronal circuitry in the brain during this highly plastic period of development," he says.