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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (217 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sam Wang Narrator: Pete Larkin Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN:
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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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 2/19/2014

    " Welcome to Your Child's Brain, by Aamodt and Wang, describes brain growth and development from pregancy through adolescence, and how that influences a child's physical, social, and emotional development. The stages of development of vision, hearing, sleeping, language, and social behavior make more sense when they are described in the context of brain structures and chemistry. Clearly written and accessible, it explains scientific concepts like epigenetic modification and statistical concepts like effect size in the discussion on heredity and environmental interactions in development. Chapters on the impact of poverty and gender were interesting in this context. I like the way the authors made practical suggestions based on their scientific descriptions, such as synapse modification in learning and reconsolidation having implications for more effective study habits for students. Brain dysfunction in ADD and autism is also clearly explained. The reader with no background in biology will have to work a little to understand and appreciate this book, but I think the effort will pay off in understanding of contemporary neuroscience as it applies to child development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Beth | 2/1/2014

    " Relatively quick read, some good advice on what baby advice is based on science and what's based on assumptions. Not and end-all for parents, but gives perspective for all the other baby books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/30/2014

    " I skimmed this book because I didn't find it very engrossing. The authors review the current science on brain development and have good credentials for doing so. In essence, I think their view is that parents need to calm down and do no harm - brain development mostly happens on its own as long as you don't abuse your kids. I stopped reading because it felt like that was the message over and over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina Caglar | 1/28/2014

    " some interesting info, but slow in parts "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Belann | 1/19/2014

    " Great reading for any parent. Gives brain researched ideas to get kids to eat better, tips for ADD, and many other problems in understanding the mind of children. Dispels a lot of myths based on faulty research such as birth order determining personality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karren | 1/2/2014

    " really interesting read! it takes quite a bit of time to explain the neuroscience, more so than most pop science books I've read, but is still accessible to the layman. I skimmed some of the nuts and bolts and still enjoyed it very much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shae | 9/25/2013

    " Eeh. I didn't even finish this book. They presented research, but did not draw many conclusions for the reader or make any kind of real life application. Since this is what I'm looking for, this book was a dud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 8/24/2013

    " Well written (but not overly technical) book that chronicles how the brain develops from conception to early adulthood. Fascinating to read, but a little depressing to realize that it's basically all down hill (brain-wise) once you hit about college age..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kylysquirrel | 7/18/2013

    " 3 or 4 stars. The sheer number of callout pages were annoying and defeated their own purpose, but I really enjoyed learning about our brain and how it grows and functions. The book makes for good cocktail party material anyhow in a roomful of new parents. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 7/8/2013

    " This was a quick read, basically telling parents to calm down and relax. Unless you are seriously abusing your children, their brain will develop normally. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne Van Wagenen | 1/10/2013

    " I had a bit of trouble wading through all of this. I ended up scanning for parts of interest to me. The research going on about the teenage brain is fascinating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Derek | 12/27/2012

    " An overview of where the current science is on brain development. Interesting, I've seen many parts of it before. This book is more of a 'meta' book - it summarizes findings (or potential findings) from other sources. If you've read books in this area before, most of it won't be new for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill Witty | 10/23/2012

    " There were some interesting insights in this book (my favorite: how and why gender biases are already so well-established by age 3), but the authors had a tendency to get swept away in heavy brain science. I would have preferred a stronger focus on practical parenting tips, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maciej Matyjas | 8/15/2012

    " Great read with coverage of standard development as well as a variety of special cases. It provides a biological overview to the process of development that informs in a non-partisan manner. Really fascinating stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 8/1/2012

    " this book succinctly examines a variety of topics - from beastfeeding to temperment to reading difficulties. it's organization - brief chapters, with a to-the-point writing style make it a book that's easy to read through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kitkat | 6/17/2012

    " Fabulous. I found myself quoting this book constantly. Refreshingly empirical and without an agenda for a book with a parent audience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elise | 11/25/2011

    " Really interesting and extremely informative. A bit more technical at times than I expected. "

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About the Author

Sam Wang, PhD, 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.

About the Narrator

Pete Larkin has narrated dozens of audiobook titles, won five Earphones Awards, and been a finalist in 2012 for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been praised for his expert ability to speak in multiple accents. He is also an on-camera host and accomplished voice-over artist for hundreds of commercials and promos for a variety of companies, corporations, and governmental agencies. He was the public address announcer for the New York Mets and has worked as a radio jockey in New York, Baltimore, and Washington, DC.