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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Christina Caglar | 1/28/2014

    " some interesting info, but slow in parts "

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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.