The Scientist in the Crib by Alison Gopnik
Minds, Brains, And How Children Learn

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This exciting book by three pioneers in the new field of cognitive science discusses important discoveries about how much babies and young children know and learn, and how much parents naturally teach them.It argues that evolution designed us both to teach and learn, and that the drive to learn is our most important instinct. It also reveals as fascinating insights about our adult capacities and how even young children -- as well as adults -- use some of the same methods that allow scientists to learn so much about the world. Filled with surprise at every turn, this vivid, lucid, and often funny book gives us a new view of the inner life of children and the mysteries of the mind.

 

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Alison Gopnik, a professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, is the author of The Scientist in the Crib.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 306 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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The authors conclude that artificial interventions, such as using flash cards or classical music tapes to create a smarter baby are at best useless and at worst distractions from normal interactions.

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They focus on Kuhl's work in early infant phonetic recognition and language acquisition, Meltzoff's work on imitation in infants and Gopnik's exploration of philosophical development in infants, as well as other important work in the field.

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