- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; Reprint edition (September 4, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1608199339
- ISBN-13: 978-1608199334
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 235 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Welcome to Your Child's Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College Reprint Edition
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"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 "
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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Overall, the book has good content but it did not seem to be something I would reach for to see if my child was functioning at a level his brain development would predict.
To me, "Welcome to Your Child's Brain" really stands out for two reasons:
1. The authors clearly and concisely summarize results from the current scientific literature without resorting to the over-simplification of this topic that I sometimes see on talk-shows or even in other books.
2. Although the book is a fascinating read on its own, it also contains a lot of useful information. I definitely have a better idea of what (and what not) to worry about after reading it.
I think it will be very helpful to have such an informed overview of the most recent science handy as my daughter gets older.