Synopses & Reviews
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 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
- 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.
"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
In this insightful book, research neuroscientist Lise Eliot explores brain development from conception through age five and shows parents and caregivers how they can enhance a child's potential.
About the Author
Lise Eliot, Ph.D., 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 A.B. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, and she did postdoctoral research at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In addition to teaching and writing, Lise 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. Lise lives in Lake Bluff, Illinois. An award-winning storyteller and a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Cris Dukehart has narrated books in a plethora of genres, from romance, science fiction, and young adult to children's literature and autobiography. Her voice, with an endearing mix of sweetness and pluck, can be heard around the world and across the Web in commercials, e-learning projects, and corporate narrations.