Welcome to Your Child's Brain : How the Mind Grows from Conception to College
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 helps you know when to worry, how to respond, and, most important, when to relax. Welcome to Your Child's Brain upends myths and misinformation with practical advice, surprising revelations, and real, reliable science. It's essential reading for parents of children of any age, frominfancy well into their teens.
- Paperback | 314 pages
- 155 x 234 x 28mm | 363g
- 04 Sep 2012
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- New York, United States
- Illustrations, black and white
"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 "
About Sandra Aamodt
Sandra Aamodt, Ph.D., is the former editor in chief of Nature Neuroscience, the leading scientific journal in the field of brain research. During her career, she has read over five thousand neuroscience papers, given lectures at many universities, and attended over forty scientific meetings in ten countries. Her science writing has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, El Mundo, and the London Times. She lives in Northern California with her husband. Sam Wang, Ph.D., is an associate professor of neuroscience at Princeton University. He has published over fifty articles on the brain in leading scientific journals and has received numerous awards. His research and analysis has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and he has made numerous television and radio appearances, including on National Public Radio. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife and daughter.