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Professor of neuroscience at Rosalind Franklin University, Eliot (What's Going On in There?) offers a refreshingly reasonable and reassuring look at recent alarming studies about sex differences in determining the behavior of children. Her levelheaded approach recognizes assertions by the nature versus nurture advocates such as Michael Gurian, Leonard Sax, Louann Brizendine—e.g., boys lag behind girls in early development, are more risk taking and spatially adept, while girls are hardwired for verbal communication and feeling empathy—yet underscores how small the differences really are and what parents can do to resist the harmful stereotyping that grows more entrenched over time. Eliot revisits much of the data showing subtle differences in boy-girl sensory processing, memory and language circuits, brain functioning, and neural speed and efficiency, using clever charts and graphs of her own. However, she emphasizes most convincingly that the brain is marvelously plastic and can remodel itself continually to new experiences, meaning that the child comes into the world with its genetic makeup, but actually growing a boy from those XY cells or a girl from XX cells requires constant interaction with the environment. At the end of each chapter, she lists ways to nip early troubles in the bud—i.e., for boys, language and literacy enrichment; for girls, stimulating movement, visual and spatial awareness. Dense, scholarly but accessible, Eliot's work demonstrates a remarkable clarity of purpose. (Oct.)
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People interested in the left wing fallacy that there are no differences in the sexes other than environments could read the Blank Slate by Steve Pinker. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steven
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This book was nothing short of excellent. Read more
Thoughtful, thought-provoking, good recommendations. I highly recommend it to parents of small chidren and anyone who is interested in gender relationsPublished 16 months ago by Roxanne Murrell
I love how this book gives you the science as well as real life examples of how the brain works.Published 17 months ago by Megs
I really enjoyed reading this book! very well written and has an overall "calmed down" approach. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sarits