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May 2006

A Young Mind in a Growing Brain

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by Jerome Kagan and Norbert Herschkowitz, 257 pages, ISBN 0-8058-5425-8, Mahwah, NJ, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2005.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2006;160(5):557. doi:10.1001/archpedi.160.5.557

This book is written by a psychologist, well known through his illustrious career in the research of normal child development, and a pediatrician with an expertise in neuroscience. Its focus is on the “simultaneous examination of the psychological milestones of human development . . . and what has been learned about brain growth,”(pix) during the first 8 years of life. They repeatedly point to the limitations of our current knowledge, both in developmental behavior and the neuroscience of development. They take great pains to say that correlations in timing between changes in the brain and psychological competence do not prove that one is the cause of the other. Despite these limitations, their motivation in writing this book is their belief that simultaneous descriptions of the behavioral and biological features of a developmental stage will generate fruitful questions for further research in both psychology and neuroscience.

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