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3.9935691318328 out of 53.9935691318328 out of 53.9935691318328 out of 53.9935691318328 out of 53.9935691318328 out of 5 3.99 (622 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lise Eliot Narrator: Cris Dukehart Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781452676791
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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 most importantly, 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 scratchthe critical prenatal factors that shape brain 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fascinating and masterful account of what science knows about how a baby’s brain grows—and how what we do makes a difference.”

    Daniel Goleman, author of New York Times bestseller Emotional Intelligence

  • With impressive depth and clarity, Eliot . . . offers a comprehensive overview of current scientific knowledge about infant and early childhood brain development. . . . Popular science at its best. Publishers Weekly Starred Review
  • “With impressive depth and clarity, Eliot…offers a comprehensive overview of current scientific knowledge about infant and early childhood brain development…Popular science at its best.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This book is both theoretical and practical, combing scientific reportage with how-to advice for new parents. With clear, mostly simple language, she guides [listeners] through a fascinating array of new research.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

Listener Opinions

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

    " Fascinating book on child development. It's a bit long but it has so much good information that makes it worth reading. Really helps build an understanding of what's really happening and how important every step in development is and how even very early in the process nutrition plays a valuable part in proper development. What's going on starts "going on" at conception so its very interesting. I'm hoping Lise Eliot with write a followup book covering different stages of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elena | 2/13/2014

    " Why didn't I find this earlier? The book essentially rounds up all the research I've been trying to do on my own over the past year. And unlike a lot of other baby books, it manages to be readable without being condescending or overly-sentimental. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shauna | 1/27/2014

    " A little bit about "how to raise an intelligent child" - the rest was rather scientific, and while interesting, I wanted the practical stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa Morrison | 12/31/2013

    " Although this book is 10 years old and therefore refers to dated scientific studies, it has lots of valuable information. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/27/2013

    " Though a bit dry in parts and it uses a whole lotta big medical words, I thought this book gave a lot of good insight into the hows and whys of babies and their development, milestones and suggestions on things parents can do to make their wee ones brilliant. It seems well researched, it's organized well and it's easily digestible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nifferjen10 | 12/22/2013

    " What an unbelievable informative book! We should all know so much about our babies' brains! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Simpson | 12/19/2013

    " I recommend this book to every friend with a newborn. One of the most pivotal reads I've ever enjoyed, from the perspective of understanding children and applying my own brand of patenting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charity | 12/19/2013

    " Great book about children's physiological and psychological development. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa | 11/20/2013

    " scientific, yet understandable. excellent for anyone working with infants and toddlers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elphabaj21 | 11/9/2013

    " Organized not by age but by function. I learned more about Alan's neurological development from this book than from my textbook. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 10/14/2013

    " Not as good as her most recent book, but still contained some interesting information. I am told that some of it is already out of date. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry | 9/2/2013

    " This book was written by a neurobiologist/mother. It's incredible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keisha | 8/13/2013

    " I learned so much! Definitely a keeper on my shelf to reread and refresh myself with every baby! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 5/16/2013

    " Um. This book is interesting. But all the stuff about how I could potentially damage my baby's brain scared me, so I skipped to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 5/4/2013

    " Stressful! How much can and does go wrong. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 12/23/2012

    " Brilliant. Pop science at its best. A should-read for any parent or anyone interested in the brain/mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie Wiley | 8/19/2012

    " A book I try to get for everyone I know who's having a baby! Informative, yet cute. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 6/11/2012

    " Terrific book. Very informative, numerous studies provided and in-depth analysis, but the author is also very engaging and includes personal stories about her own children. I learned a lot from reading this book and recommend it highly to moms interested in science and child development. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thay | 4/29/2012

    " Favorite book to recommend to any mother. Fascinating read as to development of children! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 3/21/2012

    " I always say that my kids walked early and their early awesome climbing skills are due to this book. This is a book by a neurologist and explains how certain developmental "windows" are open at various times to optimize their development. "

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About the Author

Lise Eliot, PhD, is an associate professor of neuroscience at the Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. A Chicago native, she received an AB from Harvard University and a PhD from Columbia University, and she performed postdoctoral research at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In addition to teaching and writing, Eliot lectures widely on children’s brains and mental development. The mother of two sons and a daughter, she is the author of Pink Brain, Blue Brain. She lives in Lake Bluff, Illinois.

About the Narrator

Cris Dukehart is a voice-over artist and audiobook narrator. Her book readings include Wild Cat by Jennifer Ashley, Love Saves the Day by Gwen Cooper, Out of Bounds by Ellen Hartman, and many others. Her voice can also be heard across the country and around the world in commercials and corporate narration. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, she currently lives with her family in rural Pennsylvania.