What's Going on in There?

What's Going on in There?

How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life

Book - 1999
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As a research neuroscientist, Lise Eliot has made the study of the human brain her life's work. But it wasn't until she was pregnant with her first child that she became intrigued with the study of brain development. She wanted to know precisely how the baby's brain is formed, and when and how each sense, skill, and cognitive ability is developed. And just as important, she was interested in finding out how her role as a nurturer can affect this complex process. How much of her baby's development is genetically ordained--and how much is determined by environment? Is there anything parents can do to make their babies' brains work better--to help them become smarter, happier people? Drawing upon the exploding research in this field as well as the stories of real children,What's Going On in There'is a lively and thought-provoking book that charts the brain's development from conception through the critical first five years. In examining the many factors that play crucial roles in that process,What's Going On in There'explores the evolution of the senses, motor skills, social and emotional behaviors, and mental functions such as attention, language, memory, reasoning, and intelligence. This remarkable book also discusses: how a baby's brain is "assembled" from scratch the critical prenatal factors that shapebrain development how the birthing process itself affects the brain which forms of stimulation are most effective at promoting cognitive development how boys' and girls' brains develop differently how nutrition, stress, and other physical and social factors can permanently affect a child's brain Brilliantly blending cutting-edge science with a mother's wisdom and insight,What's Going On in There'is an invaluable contribution to the nature versus nurture debate. Children's development is determined both by the genes they are born with and the richness of their early environment. This timely and important book shows parents the innumerable ways in which they can actually help their children grow better brains.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. ; Toronto : Bantam Books, c1999.
ISBN: 9780553102741
Branch Call Number: 612.82083 Eli 3583uc 1
612.82083 Eli 3583ml 1
Characteristics: viii, 533 p. : ill.


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Sep 21, 2015

Great Book. This book is actually very current given its copyright date. Science slowly moves forward in its better understanding. Fad science jumps in leaps in bounds from one fad to the next. If you are looking for real hard science on brain development and what that may mean for your child i highly recommend this book. I've read at least 10 of the top books by leading pediatricians and this one is the best. It is probably a better choice for someone with a science background and who is also willing to read other books to incorporate this as a piece not the whole.

Jan 25, 2010

Interesting read, but this field of science progresses so quickly that unfortunately a ten-year-old book is already out of date.

Oct 31, 2009

Look for her new book: Pink Brain, Blue Brain

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