What’s Going On In There? by Lise Eliot, PhD (2000)

Oh, wow. Babies and neuroscience! What’s not to like? I have three very young kids and a degree in neuroscience, so this was right up my alley.

I was so impressed with this book. It’s explained simply enough for the layperson, but with enough detail to satisfy an expert. There were several times I found myself wanting to wake my husband to tell him a cool brain development factoid I learned…

Because I took coursework on sensation and perception back in my neuroscience days, much of the information on touch, proprioception, smell, taste, vision and hearing was nothing new to me. And the motor development section was familiar, too…

I especially liked the next chapters about language acquisition, memory, social-emotional development, sex differences, and intelligence. I lapped that all up.

Anyway, a few fun factoids… Intelligence is about half genetics and half environment. Babies also have both polite smiles and genuine smiles–there’s an eye muscle involved in a real smile, and strangers don’t get those eye smiles. Deaf babies don’t babble aloud, but do “babble” in sign language.

A warning about this one though–at about 500 pages, it’ll take a while to get through. But this is for sure going to end up as a classic book on child development.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s