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Though not for the impatient, What's Going on in There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life will undoubtedly make you a better parent. It is thick, detailed, and scientific. But it is also accessible to parents who have the time and patience to immerse themselves in the latest research on brain development. And for those who do, the rewards can be great.
You'll understand the inner workings of the brain like never before. You'll learn the latest thinking on the nature vs. nurture question. You'll gain invaluable insights into the evolution of the senses, motor skills, social and emotional growth, memory, language, and intelligence. But most importantly, you'll understand--maybe for the first time--exactly how great your contribution as a parent can be to the development of your young child's brain. Written by Lise Eliot, Ph.D., a neurobiologist and mother of three, What's Going on in There? is an immensely intelligent labor of love. It is based on the author's own "odyssey of discovery" as she sought answers to questions about her own role in carrying, delivering, and parenting her children. --Kelley Smith --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
With impressive depth and clarity, Eliot, a neuroscientist and mother of three, offers a comprehensive overview of current scientific knowledge about infant and early childhood brain development. Beginning with a richly detailed yet accessible tour of the growing embryo, she guides the reader through the sensory, motor, emotional and cognitive systems as they develop. She builds up a versatile toolbox of scientific concepts and vocabulary as she goes, outlining entire neuroscientific subfields with remarkable efficiency. Along the way, Eliot presents research results on almost every conceivable topic of interest to the curious parent, from the potential dangers of VHF exposure in utero to sex differences in olfaction after birth (females have a better sense of smell than males), to the fascinating possibility that birth is triggered by a hormonal cascade in the baby's brain. While Eliot does not scruple to offer parenting advice where she finds it appropriate (e.g., she advocates breast-feeding), she meticulously avoids comment on thornier social and ethical issues. Her neutral tone can be disturbing at times, as when she admits positive correlations between socio-economic status and IQ or details Nobel prize-winning research into binocularity that involved sewing kittens' eyes shut at birth, without reference to animal rights objections. Eliot's confidence in the open-minded interest of her readers makes this a good bet for scientifically oriented parents who want to grasp how a child's mind develops. All in all, this is popular science at its best. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
We read this while going through the process with our child. It's like a companion guide to the ride. Let's face it, those first months are hard. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Drew Wilkins
I got the book for my wife. She claims that it is good one.Published 1 month ago by Stanislav Andonov
So interesting, but you really need a good understanding of medical science to appreciate this text.Published 1 month ago by God Bless the USA
This book offers lots of good info backed by research. I especially enjoyed the chapters on intelligence. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Katya
The majority of this 500 plus page book is filler. Specifically- poorly imagined, cliche scenarios to illustrate base concepts that don't need illustration, or pretentious... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Taken
This was a used CD, which is in quite good condition. However the contentions of the CD are not matched to the latest version of the printed book (which also we bought). Read morePublished 2 months ago by SB
An amazing book which should be read by every mum who has time and some knowledge of biology and medicine. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elizabeth Gatt
Great in depth book on the development of the child's brain & body and how to nurture them. The book is filled with references to scientific research of what works and what... Read morePublished 2 months ago by mohamed