Myth of the First Three Years: A New Understanding of Early Brain Development and Lifelong Learning / Edition 1

Myth of the First Three Years: A New Understanding of Early Brain Development and Lifelong Learning / Edition 1

by John T. Bruer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0684851849

ISBN-13: 9780684851846

Pub. Date: 09/01/1999

Publisher: Free Press

"Most parents today have accepted the message that the first three years of a baby's life determine whether or not the child will grow into a successful, thinking person. But is this powerful warning true? Do all the doors shut if baby's brain doesn't get just the right amount of stimulation during the first three years of life? Have discoveries from the new brain…  See more details below

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"Most parents today have accepted the message that the first three years of a baby's life determine whether or not the child will grow into a successful, thinking person. But is this powerful warning true? Do all the doors shut if baby's brain doesn't get just the right amount of stimulation during the first three years of life? Have discoveries from the new brain science really proved that parents are wholly responsible for their child's intellectual successes and failures alike? Are parents losing the "brain wars"? No, argues national expert John Bruer. In The Myth of the First Three Years he offers parents new hope by debunking our most popular beliefs about the all-or-nothing effects of early experience on a child's brain and development.

Bruer agrees that valid scientific studies to support the existence of critical periods in brain development, but he painstakingly shows that these same brain studies prove that learning and cognitive development occur throughout childhood and, indeed, one's entire life. Making hard science comprehensible for all readers, Bruer marshals the neurological and psychological evidence to show that children and adults have been hardwired for lifelong learning. Parents have been sold a bill of goods that is highly destructive because it overemphasizes infant and toddler nurturing to the detriment of long-term parental and educational responsibilities. From the Book Jacket

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684851846
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.01(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Through the Prism of the First Three Years1
2The Starting Points28
3Neural Connections: Some You Use, Some You Loose65
4Be All That You Can Be: Critical Periods101
5Club Med or Solitary: The Importance of Enriched Environments144
6What's a Mother (or the Rest of Us) to Do?181
Notes211
Index237

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