How children think is one of the most enduring mysteries - and difficulties - encountered by parents. In an effort to raise our children smarter, happier, stronger, and better, parents will try almost anything, from vitamins to toys to DVDs. But how can we tell marketing from real science? And what really goes through your kid's growing mind - as an infant, in school, and during adolescence?
Neuroscientists Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang (who is also a parent) explain the facets and functions of the developing brain, discussing salient subjects such as sleep problems, language learning, gender differences, and autism. They dispel common myths about important subjects, such as the value of educational videos for babies, the meaning of ADHD in the classroom, and the best predictor of academic success (hint: It's not IQ). Most of all, this book will help you know when to worry, how to respond, and, most important, when to relax.
"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. In this info-packed text, Aamodt and Wang offer some familiar advice (e.g., no videos for children under two) as well as some thought-provoking revelations." (Publishers Weekly)
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Backed by science
- Randi Pittman
Good Lay Review of Brain Development
I haven't read the print version.
The thorough review of the literature and wealth of examples. The book doe not really develop a story. It is more like an annotated bibliography of concepts and ideas.
He's relatively invisible as the narrator. For this kind of work, that is a good thing.
I like the book's attention to debunking myths. The authors do not cut frauds or stupid people any slack.
- S. Moore