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King's College London

Development of the Occipital and Parietal Regions during the Last 3 Months

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Caption: This video shows the development of the occipital and parietal regions of the cerebral cortex in preterm infants during the last three months before the normal time of birth, turning from red to blue as it matures. The occipital cortex associated with visual function is most developed at the beginning of the sequence, while the association cortex in the parietal lobes develops rapidly over this period. Despite this rapid maturation, premature babies are less developed at term than infants born at the normal time.

Credit: King's College London

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