"...cutting-edge research on the growing brain, from birth to the age of 21....with its clear graphics, this is a useful companion guide for educators and families." - Nature
"...A fresh approach to brain research...offering parents practical tips along the way....The authors are consummate myth busters: birth order, research reveals, has little impact on personality, and the left-brain is as emotionally charged as the right....Thought-provoking revelations." - Publishers Weekly
Dr. Wang and Dr. Aamodt playfully and engagingly introduce us to the hidden talents of our children's brains. (Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of The Dr. Oz Show
Few humans are as neurotic as parents, frantic about the disastrous lifelong consequences of every errant hiccup. In this smart, funny, accessible, and supremely sane book, Aamodt and Wang explain that our supposed knowledge in this realm is riddled with urban myths and that a child's brain is tough and resilient in the face of adversity. This is a terrific, fun, educational book. (Robert Sapolsky, Ph.D., author of Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
Fact-filled and fascinating, Welcome to Your Child's Brain
will answer many of parents' most urgent questions. Neuroscientists Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang present the real data that will help parents understand and nurture their children of all ages. (Dr. Lise Eliot, associate professor of neuroscience at Rosalind Franklin University and author of What's Going On in There? and Pink Brain, Blue Brain
From the Author
Sam Wang says:
When Sandra Aamodt and I decided to write Welcome To Your Child's Brain
, we knew that there were many books on child development. But I only grasped the enormity of the situation when I was getting ready to become a father myself. What I found in the bookstore (and here at Amazon) was overwhelming. However, I also noticed that many books were not based on scientific evidence. As neuroscientists we realized we had something to add.Welcome To Your Brain
is not just a parenting book - though it does have information that parents will find quite useful. Think of it as a book about how we become the adults that we are today. The core of that is childhood. If you wonder whether birth order affected your own personality, why you have musical talent (or lack it), or whether intelligence can ever be increased, then our book is for you.
Some of you came to this site through our New York Times
article on "redshirting" kindergarteners. Our reading of the scientific evidence is that there is no long-term advantage to delaying entry to kindergarten - and some significant disadvantages. To read more (with links to technical literature), go to the top of this website, click on my name, find our blog, and look up our post on redshirting dated September 25, 2011.