The Mommy Brain: How Motherhood Makes Us Smarter

The Mommy Brain: How Motherhood Makes Us Smarter

by Katherine Ellison

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ISBN-13: 9780465019069
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 05/28/2006
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Katherine Ellison has a mommy brain, herself. She is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, veteran foreign correspondent, and a working mother of two young boys. She is also the author of two previous books. She has written on the topic of "The Mommy Brain" for Salon.com and Working Mother. Ms. Ellison lives in San Anselmo, California.

Table of Contents

Part 1The Great Transition
1Smarter Than We Think3
2"Honey, the Kids Shrunk My Brain!"13
3The Nearly Uncharted Wilderness of Mothers' Brains31
Part 2The Five Attributes of a Baby-boosted Brain
4Perception: The Expanding Realm of a Mother's Senses51
5Efficiency: How Necessity Is the Mother of Multitasking67
6Resiliency: Reducing Stress, Enhancing Smarts85
7Motivation: The Mental Strength of Motherly Love103
8Emotional Intelligence: How Motherhood Teaches Social Smarts121
Part 3So What?
9Mr. Moms and Other Altruists: Paybacks to Proxies143
10Better Than Business School: Mothers' Added Value at Work161
11Smarter Than Ever: Why Motherhood Today Takes a Lot of Brains179
Part 4Now What?
12Reengineering the Mommy Track: Ideas from Some Brainy Travelers197
13Political Drive: The Magic of Motivated Mothers215
14Neuroscientists Know Best: Ten Tips to Help You Make the Most of Your Mommy Brain233
Acknowledgments243
Notes245
Bibliography261
Index271

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The Mommy Brain: How Motherhood Makes Us Smarter 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
zsms on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Not great (too watered down on the science), not horrible, and not particularly relevant to me. I'd never heard of the "mommy brain" before I read this. But if it can convince new mothers that they don't have to act like scatterbrained airheads because it's expected of them, I'm glad people are reading it.