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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (621 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lise Eliot Narrator: Cris Dukehar Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 audiobook 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 audiobook also discusses

  • how a baby’s brain is “assembled” from scratch;
  • the 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; and
  • 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 audiobook shows parents the innumerable ways in which they can actually help their children grow better brains.

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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)

  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.