Discovered after posting this morning (from NNytimes, red emphasis is mine)
Dr. Peter Huttenlocher, a pediatric neurologist and neuroscientist whose innovative research counting billions of brain synapses — the microscopic information highways of the mind — revealed that brains develop rapidly in young children and later “prune” themselves as they mature, died on Aug. 15 in Chicago. He was 82.
He received multiple awards for his research and his teaching. In 2002, he published “Neural Plasticity: The Effects of Environment on the Development of the Cerebral Cortex.”
He changed the way we look at brain development. In an overused, but appropriate here, phrase: he shifted the paradigm.