chapter  7
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7Chapter Early Word Learning: Reections on Behavior, Connectionist Models, and Brain Mechanisms Indexed by ERP Components

From the neurobiological perspective, learning consists in pre-and postsynaptic molecular changes and in structural modications of synaptic connectivity within specic brain areas, which are triggered by the previous processing of external signals, and in turn affect future signal transmission between neurons. At the behavioral level, learning allows an organism to modify and ne-tune its behavior to the requirements of the environment. It is however, largely unknown, how the molecular and structural changes at the neural level alter the systemic behavior at the psychological level.