Definition of critical period in English:

critical period


  • A period during someone's development in which a particular skill or characteristic is believed to be most readily acquired.

    • ‘They contended that heterosexuality was imperiled by the tendency to segregate boys from girls during the critical period of adolescence.’
    • ‘It has been suggested that there is a critical period for sex role development and that father absence during this period has long-lasting negative effects.’
    • ‘Biological theories point to the hormonal changes that occur in women during the critical periods of puberty, childbirth and menopause in explaining gender differences in depression rates.’
    • ‘Intrauterine life is a critical period for the development of obesity later in life.’
    • ‘Thus the critical period for speech development is from birth to three to four years.’
    • ‘Now though, with the critical period past, and Reith starting to recover on his own, he could finally take a breather.’
    • ‘Why does the critical period occur during one's early 20s?’
    • ‘It appreciates that the first three to five years of life are a critical period for developing trust, empathy, dependency, and optimism.’
    • ‘Clearly, additional research to confirm the developmental trends and identify critical periods for each of the phonological skills tapped is needed.’
    • ‘She was depressed during that period, although the most critical period was the two to three months after her diagnosis.’
    • ‘The early adolescent years are a critical period for social skill development, especially for children at risk for social failure.’
    • ‘However, the critical period for development is up to about six years.’
    • ‘Due to the fact that adolescence is a critical period of development, examining the adjustment process of adolescents is especially relevant.’
    • ‘Many of the critical periods for early brain development are over by the time a child is six years old.’
    • ‘Those critical periods for song learning may be defined by sex steroids.’
    • ‘From late pregnancy through the second year of life, the human brain experiences a critical period of accelerated growth.’
    • ‘The programme is a team commitment and the results can be great for children at the critical period of their first year at primary school.’
    • ‘Newborns who experience tissue injury and pain during critical periods of development may undergo a permanent rewiring of their nervous system that increases their sensitivity to pain later in life.’
    • ‘The ability to learn a language will be more difficult, and perhaps less efficient or effective, if these critical periods are allowed to pass without early exposure to a language.’
    • ‘The first trimester is a critical period for expecting mothers, who are advised to be aware of their nutritional intake and take care when exercising.’
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