Cutting edge 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 increasing the number of neuron branches—the "magic trees of the mind"—that help us to learn, think, and remember. At each stage of development, the brain's ability to gain new skills and process information is refined.
As a leading researcher at the University of California at Berkeley, Marion Diamond has been a pioneer in this field of research. Now, Diamond and award-winning science writer Janet Hopson present a comprehensive enrichment program designed to help parents prepare their children for a lifetime of learning.
Marian Diamond has taught for more than thirty years at U.C. Berkeley, where she directed the Lawrence Hall of Science. She is the author of Magic Trees of the Mind, Enriching Heredity and The Human Brain Coloring Book.
Janet Hopson is a journalist, editor, and columnist for Science News and Outside magazines, as well as the New York Times, Smithsonian, Reader’s Digest, Newsweek, Psychology Today, and Cosmopolitan. She is the author of six books, including The Nature of Life and Scent Signals: The Silent Language of Sex.
Table of Contents
Magic Trees of the MindPrologue and Acknowledgments Introduction: Experience Is the Best Sculptor
1: Trees That Grow So Fair: Neural Forests of the Mind
2: An Enchanted Thing: The Brain's Network of Connections
3: Feed My Brain: Influences in the Womb An Enrichment Program for the Unborn Child
4: Dreaming Eyes of Wonder: Nurturing the Very Young An Enrichment Program for Babies and Toddlers
5: These Become Part of the Child: Stimulating the Mind in the Preschool Years An Enrichment Program for Preschool Children
6: Letting the Future In: The Power Of Experience in Middle Childhood An Enrichment Program for Grade School Children
7: Plant Another Tree: Continuing Mental Development in Adolescence An Enrichment Program for Teenagers
8: Learning Not by Chance: Enrichment in the Classroom
9: As Morning Shows the Day: How Social Factors Shape Future Minds
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