Magic Trees of the Mind: How to Nuture your Child's Intelligence, Creativity, and Healthy Emotions from B irth Through Adolescence

Magic Trees of the Mind: How to Nuture your Child's Intelligence, Creativity, and Healthy Emotions from B irth Through Adolescence

by Marian Diamond, Janet Hopson


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452278301
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/1999
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 655,252
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 7.96(h) x 1.05(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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 MindEnriching 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

Resource Guide: Additional Tools for Enrichment
Articles / Books / Organizations / On-line Resources / Catalogs and Commercial Sources / Parent-Recommended Enrichment Tools


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