Magic Trees of the Mind: How to Nurture Your Child's Intelligence, Creativity, and Healthy Emotions from Birth Through Adolescence

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Dutton, 1998 - Family & Relationships - 466 pages
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Recent cover stories in Time and Newsweek have highlighted exciting new discoveries about how a child's mind develops. Scientific research has shown that exposure to the right kind of environment during the first years of life actually affects the physical structure of a child's brain, vastly multiplying the neuron branches - the "magic trees of the mind" - that allow us to learn, think, and remember. At each stage of development, the brain's ability to gain new skills and process information is refined.A leading researcher at the University of California at Berkeley, Marian Diamond has been at the forefront of this research. Now Diamond and award-winning science writer Jan Hopson present a comprehensive enrichment program designed to prepare children for a lifetime of learning.Highlights development at all stages of a child's life, from birth to the teenage years.Allows parents to take a positive hands-on role in their children's mental growth.Includes hundreds of toys, books, and activities recommended by parents to enrich a child's mind.Comprehensive directory includes educational organizations, websites, and other resources.Refutes the notion argued in The Bell Curve that intelligence is too difficult and expensive to nurture.Will appeal to readers of Emotional Intelligenceparents who want the very best for their children's development.Marian Diamond is a leading lecturer to parents and educators.

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Marian Diamond was born Marian Cleeves in Glendale, California on November 11, 1926. She received a bachelor's degree in biology in 1948, a master's degree in anatomy in 1949, and a doctorate in anatomy in 1953 from the University of California, Berkeley. She was a neuroscientist who showed that environmental factors can change the structure of the brain and that the brain continues to develop throughout one's life. She taught at Harvard University, Cornell University, the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and Berkeley before retiring in 2014. Her book, Magic Trees of the Mind: How to Nurture Your Child's Intelligence, Creativity, and Healthy Emotions from Birth Through Adolescence written with Janet Hopson, was published in 1998. She died on July 25, 2017 at the age of 90.

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