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The Scientist in the Crib changes that. Standing on the relatively recent achievements of the young field of cognitive science (pointing out that not so long ago, babies were considered only slightly animate vegetables--"carrots that could cry"), the authors succinctly and articulately sum up the state of what's now known about children's minds and how they learn. Using language that's both friendly and smart (and using equally accessible metaphors, everything from Scooby-Doo to The Third Man), The Scientist in the Crib explores how babies recognize and understand their fellow humans, interpret sensory input, absorb language, learn and devise theories, and take part in building their own brains.
Such science makes for great reading, but will likely prove even more useful to readers with a scientist in their own crib, acting as tonic to pseudoscientific how-to baby books that recommend everything "from flash cards, to Mozart tapes, to Better Baby Institutes." As the authors put it, "We want to understand children, not renovate them." --Paul Hughes
There are enough other informative reviews, both pro and con, here on amazon.com that a full discussion of "Scientist in the Crib" isn't needed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by edwardc
A very interesting book. It has given me a lot of insight into the behavior of my granddaughter as she is growing up.Published 3 months ago by Joseph S.
Could not get past the intro. "Infants are smarter than Bill Gates" Although they can't talk, control their bodily functions or even their limbs very well, think in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Interested amateur
This is a pretty good book, the writing is great and it includes interesting details on infancy, a must read for all parents!Published 9 months ago by Genevieve Smith
This book was required for my cognitive development inchildren's class...and it's great!
I feel that every parent should read it. Read more
Do them a favor and gift this to anyone with an infant or who will have one soon. Great information to help parents understand the incredible learning capabilities of young human... Read morePublished 11 months ago by John Bowman
This outstanding explanation of children and by inference the rest of us is a valuable critique of our indulgent, ego based culture. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Qwester
This book is very informative, and should be required reading for all prospective parents. Which means all high school students. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Larry K. Milton
I read this book before our baby arrived. It has changed how I was preparing myself for the baby. It gives a perfect empathy to a parent to understand what is going in a baby's... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Aydin Ozol