Brain Development: An Annotated Bibliography

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74 neuroscientists. researcher. murder witnesses. cognitive psychologists. MD: Gryphon House. Doris Bergen and Juliet Coscia. Bruce Perry dramatically demonstrates that only when we understand the science of the mind can we hope to heal the spirit of even the most wounded child. DelMar. Bruce Perry. (2006). and policymakers explored the possible relevance to schools of recent developments in neuroscience and cognitive psychology. (1997). At this workshop. MD: ACEI. Inc. Beltsville. and victims of family violence. (1999). Redmond. language games. (1997). Beltsville. Education Commission of the States. Jackie Silberg. building motivation. Olney. insightful strategies for rehabilitation. abuse. This is a book of activities for children and adults that stimulate the brain. structures the interaction with thinking. The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog. teaches the skills of thinking. New York: Perseus. or disaster affect a child's mind. In this deeply informed and moving book. and attention. Child Care Information Exchange. Perry explains what exactly happens to the brain when a child is exposed to extreme stress-and reveals the unexpected measures that can be taken to ease a child's pain and help him grow into a healthy adult. and thinks about thinking. This is a summary of a workshop co-sponsored by the Education Commission of the States and the Charles A. MD: Gryphon House. Beginnings Workshop: Brain Research. Beginnings Workshop: Applying Brain Research. (1999). (2001). learning. CA: Turning Point Publishing. Jackie Silberg. The author references both studies from technical journals and book and video resources. Please note that some descriptions have been provided by the publishers or distributors. Brain Research and Early Childhood Education: Implications for Educators. (1996). Bridging the Gap between Neuroscience and Education. This book was written to answer some of the questions that educators have about brain research. . CO: Author. singing games. Robin Fogarty. WA: Author. visual games. This packet contains a collection of articles from Exchange Magazine on brain research. In The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog. Eric Jensen.Books 125 Brain Games for Babies. What happens when a young brain is traumatized? How does terror. and how can that mind recover? Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry has helped children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors. Redmond. Dana Foundation. Packed with everyday opportunities to contribute to brain development of babies. Includes many applicable classroom strategies. this book includes active games. practitioners. and help them sort out fact from unsubstantiated claim regarding its implication for education. these games meet the needs of each stage of your child's young life— from a newborn's hand-eye coordination to an infant's language acquisition to a toddler's movements and musical ability. Child Care Information Exchange. Brain Compatible Classrooms. WA: Author. revealing the brain's astonishing capacity for healing. Brain Compatible Strategies. Children will love the one-on-one attention these activities afford and the chance to show off their burgeoning brainpower. he tells their stories of trauma and transformation through the lens of science. and sensory experiences—all based on the latest brain research. (2001). 125 Brain Games for Toddlers and Twos. this book advocates a teaching style that sets the climate for thinking. Arlington Heights. kidnapped teenagers. Based on and including a chapter on recent brain research. memory. This packet contains a collection of articles from Exchange Magazine on brain research. Denver. IL: SkyLight Training and Publishing. Grouped by age and accompanied by related research. Deftly combining unforgettable case histories with his own compassionate. (2000).

Learning to read is a complex. (2008). Daniel Siegel. Washington. and future directions. David Balog. (1998). Early Development and the Brain's fresh perspective that links an understanding of the brain to early childhood education offers the best choice. Kristen Nicholson-Nelson. Illuminating how and why neurobiology matters.). this curriculum distills complex topics. this book is essential reading for anyone interested in human experience and development across the life span. A Good Start in Life: Understanding Your Child’s Brain and Behavior. It shows how a few simple things you do every day can make a big difference. DC: Teaching Strategies. . Organized in nine units. Also available in Spanish. by Elizabeth Norton Lasley New Directions for Alzheimer's Disease Research: Successes and Setbacks. New York: Dana Press. Dana Foundation. The units flow in a meaningful sequence. (1999). exploring the role of interpersonal relationships in forging key connections in the brain. (Ed. This book goes beyond the nature–nurture divisions that traditionally have constrained much of our thinking about development. The Dana Alliance's 2009 Progress Report on Brain Research: Perspectives on Substance Abuse Research. Thousand Oaks. Dana Press: Washington. by Floyd E. MD Substance Abuse: Mapping the Pathway of Addiction. Norbert Herschkowitz and Elinore Chapman Herschkowitz. It includes creative strategies and sample teaching units. Whether you're seeking to introduce a new curriculum about the brain or revamp existing course materials. Inc. by John Timmer The Dana Sourcebook of Brain Science. This booklet is packed with illustrations and helpful charts about brain development. This book focuses on how the maturing brain contributes to learning and socialization. (2009). Patricia Wolfe. Linda Gilkerson. by Tom Valeo The Quest for Better Schizophrenia Treatment: Serendipity and Science. by Scott Edwards Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury: Healing the Battered Brain. Tap into students' diverse intelligences and enrich lesson plans with this helpful resource. Please note that some descriptions have been provided by the publishers or distributors. PreK-3. learning center ideas. New York: Scholastic Professional Books. (2001). remembering individual. PreK-3 provides insights and guidelines to help early childhood educators. Building the Reading Brain. Bloom. by Kayt Sukel Roundup: More Important Findings in 2008. and watch their love of learning grow. (2004). Play to students' strengths. The Sourcebook offers a basic introduction to brain science. by Brenda Patoine The Obesity Problem: When Our Hormones Betray Us. New York: Guilford. thinking. our current understanding of the brain. background information about Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences. Early Development and the Brain: Teaching Resources for Educators. The Developing Mind. Washington. (Ed. CA: Corwin Press. new developments. and more. by Hakon Heimer Brain-Machine Interfaces: Sci-fi Concepts Make Clinical Inroads. (2001). New York: Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. Developing Students’ Multiple Intelligences.Building Your Baby’s Brain: A Parent’s Guide to the First Five Years. DC. The author presents a groundbreaking new way of thinking about the emergence of the human mind—the process by which each of us becomes a feeling. parents. Diane Trister Dodge and Cate Heroman. its history. DC: Zero to Three. (1999). and looks at early childhood development from gestation to six years of age. gradual process that begins in infancy and Building the Reading Brain. such as "sensory processing" and "language and the brain" and offers a road map for teaching them. This publication includes the following articles: Perspectives on Substance Abuse Research. yet the curriculum is flexible enough to teach units either individually or as a part of other course materials.). and care providers and K-3 teachers to meet the challenge of insuring that every child learns to read with fluency and comprehension.

Smart Start offers simple. Also see the videotape series by the same title. (1999). What’s Going On In There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life. All chapters describe how and why the brain develops and explains how you can use the activities to give your children the best foundation for future learning. (1999). New York: Simon and Schuster. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing. the exact amount of time to spend on direct instruction in each lesson. and intelligence. (2000). New York: Random House. and ways to integrate this information in the teaching and learning environment. proven guidelines for activating the intrinsic motivation in every student. Eric Jensen. The Secret Life of the Brain reveals the intricate magic of the human brain. VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. DC: Joseph Henry Press. Cocking. Current scientific theories on nervous system development are translated into practical information for parents. Bransford and Rodney R. social and emotional behaviors. Alison Gopnik. language. The author then explains in detail how children develop language and memory. The Scientist in the Crib. the book examines development of the senses. This summary of the Rethinking the Brain conference. Rethinking the Brain: New Insights into Early Development. Beltsville. Children have different ways of learning. In this book. and School. repetition. (2001). eds. and suggests how these insights can guide and support our efforts to promote healthy learning and development of our young children. reasoning.How People Learn: Brain. The Scientist in the Crib explains how babies learn and grown and how parents naturally teach them. Experience. Alexandria.. Rima Shore. . and more. straightforward ways to boost brain power with active exploration. (1997). the many mysteries of the brain are explored from infancy to old age. the author sets the stage for looking at each child’s learning strengths and offers ways to teach to these individualities for optimum success. Get the newest insights on how your students are wired for learning and how their learning behaviors change as they mature. New York: William Morrow & Co. The Secret Life of the Brain. Mel Levin. and addresses academic learning. In examining the many factors that play crucial roles in that process. DC: National Academy Press. (2001). at each grade level. presents an overview of neuroscientific research findings about the brain. Healy. clearly written guide to learning skills for children. Please note that some descriptions have been provided by the publishers or distributors. and mental functions such as attention. Lise Eliot. Jane M. Mind. John D. New York: Bantam. Your Child's Growing Mind is a reliable. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning series that is profoundly changing our understanding of early childhood development. sensory exploration. (1996). (2005). (2002). How People Learn is a summary of current research on brain development and cognitive development. What's Going On In There is a lively and thought-provoking book that charts the brain's development from conception through the critical first five years. (1999). Teaching with the Brain in Mind. Inside the Brain: Revolutionary Discoveries of How the Mind Works. Lavishly illustrated and beautifully presented.planned curriculum. Smart Start! Building Brain Power in the Early Years. New York: Families and Work Institute. motor skills. Washington. the number of times per week and length of time that students should practice a new skill. Companion to the television series brought to PBS by award-winning producer David Grubin. Ann L. and the best way to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for every class period. A Mind at a Time. Your Child’s Growing Mind. MD: Gryphon House. And equip your teaching with tips and techniques drawn from brain research: seven factors that dramatically influence a successful learning process. Washington. Richard Restak. Ronald Kotulak. Pam Schiller. five forms of repetition to include in a well. memory.

Michael Schwartz. Produced and distributed by NBC News. pioneer in child brain development. and specialists from around the country contribute to the discussion of how people learn to read. Produced and Distributed by ASCD. demonstrates ways to engage and motivate children to explore and try new things. 30 minutes. learning. Program 1. The Brain and Learning. through a complex functioning of brain systems. Ellen Galinski of the Families and Work Institute. Program 2: Strategies for Elementary School shows how teachers can build the foundation for good reading skills in the early years of schooling. the role of emotions. broadcast in April 1997. Interviewed in this series are: Dr. and life experiences. features interviews with leading neuroscientists and education experts about the fundamental building blocks of brain development and learning. sensory stimulation. overheads. Bringing Up Baby is NBC’s special 5-part series on child development. Dr. Program 1: Making Connections explores why reading is one of the most difficult tasks for the human brain. It explains why reading must be nurtured through a series of sophisticated strategies and frequently practiced to be mastered. This video shows how teachers might apply the brain research in classrooms. language learning. The facilitator's guide includes detailed outlines for workshops and activities to promote group discussion and discovery. Program 1: New Knowledge and Understanding explores the physical attributes of the brain: how it works. The guide also contains handouts. lead pediatrician with the Healthy Steps program. 27 minutes. psychiatrist. Robert Coles. Leading neuroscientists. The Brain and Reading video series introduces parents and educators to the principles of brain-compatible learning and how these principles apply to reading. brain development. . Program 2: Classroom Applications. the effect of music on a child’s brain. Dr. 30 minutes. 28 minutes. 1997. and morality. 1998. and background readings to help clarify and expand on ideas in the videotapes. Patricia Kuhl. and illustrates how orchestrated immersion and active processing in an atmosphere characterized by relaxed alertness contribute to long-term learning. Please note that some descriptions have been provided by the publishers or distributors. Harry Chugani. optimal periods for learning. This four-tape series on the brain provides information about research on the brain and the implications for teaching. Topics addressed include prenatal development.Videotapes The Brain and Early Childhood Series looks at how people learn. and Hillary Rodham Clinton. and schooling. Program 3: Strategies for High School explains why developing students’ reading skills is just as critical in high school. Experienced teachers explain strategies for helping middle and high school students take on the different mental challenges involved in reading to learn. and presents strategies for teaching students to remember and use what they have learned. A Mind of Their Own. the importance of quality time. some of its unique characteristics. early language specialist. and the relationship between the environment and brain growth. Program 3: Changing Schools to Reflect New Knowledge offers case studies of how two school districts actually are translating brain research into school and classroom practices. It introduces the main aspects of reading in elementary grades and explains why learning to read involves a continuum of skills and abilities that is difficult at any age. reading instructors.

the pre-frontal cortex. Part 1: The Baby’s Brain—Wider than the Sky. Part 5: The Aging Brain—Through Many Lives. As children. 47 minutes. Perry is an expert on the effects of stress. and those who stayed behind. 1997. New research has shown that during puberty. trauma and violence on children’s development. Romania: What’s Happened to the Children? Diane Sawyer. Ways to stimulate the brains of young children are covered. neglect. crime prevention. The Secret Life of the Brain reveals the fascinating processes involved in brain development across a lifetime. and there is much we can do to promote optimal development. business. The brain of a baby is more open to the shaping hand of experience than at other times. our brains continue producing new neurons. scientists can offer an explanation for what parents already know—adolescence is a time of rolling emotions and poor judgment. our country's leaders in government. Tom Jarrell and others from ABC’s Turning Point report on what has happened to Romanian children adopted by American parents. we acquire language—the hallmark of being human. Ted Koppell also interviews infant development specialist Dr. when the brain begins teeming with hormones. if brain cells are unstimulated. the center of reasoning and impulse control. there are there for life. 1997. For the first time. Part 4: The Adult Brain—To Think by Feeling. like Parkinson's disease? Please note that some descriptions have been provided by the publishers or distributors. I Am Your Child—Why Early Childhood Matters. The five-part series informs viewers of exciting new information in the brain sciences. 22 minutes. Produced and distributed by Parents Action for Children. Indiana Steps Ahead Child Care Series: Laughing. they will die. He addresses how children’s experiences influence the development of the brain. Distributed by Iowa’s Area Education Agencies. Stanley Greenspan. 2003. A Day with Bruce Perry. Nowhere is learning more dramatic than in the way a child learns language. Scientific research confirms that children's earliest experiences—starting even before they're born—dramatically affect their ability to succeed in school and in life. Explore the critical interplay between reason and emotion and what happens when the balance between the two brain regions that handle them goes awry. Might it one day be possible to use these new neurons to replace those killed by disorders of the aging brain. Learning Loving—Toddler Brain Development. . introduces the foremost researchers in the field. This video looks at a wide variety of areas. In this ABC Nightline program.Building Brains: The Sooner. anxiety. and brain development. Part 2: The Child’s Brain—Syllable from Sound. the Better Research shows that if brain cells are used. 120 minutes. 1997. Produced and distributed by ABC News. and academia voice their commitment to our nation's youngest children and emphasize the crucial need for increased investments in early childhood. Produced and distributed by ABC News. and depression. the brain continues to develop at an astonishing rate. and utilizes dynamic visual imagery and compelling human stories to help a general audience understand otherwise difficult scientific concepts. is still a work in progress. Through the toddler period. Scientists recently discovered that even into our seventies. Meet adults who are dealing with the effects of stroke. early intervention methods. including attachment disorder. Scientists have only recently begun to understand how the brain works. This is a conference presentation by Bruce Perry at the Iowa I Am Your Child Conference. In this video. 1997. 28 minutes. Part 3: The Teenage Brain—A World of Their Own. post-traumatic stress disorder.

60 minutes. and others. stable relationships. 2. 1999. 2004. Please note that some descriptions have been provided by the publishers or distributors. It is intended to generate thought and discussion about how to use this information in our communities. music. Produced and distributed by Zephyr Press. Windows to the Mind: Robert Sylwester on Electronic Media and Brain Development. Starting Out Right is a collaborative effort of the Early Childhood Training Center. ways in which to prevent neuro-developmental disabilities. 3. 1997. seek attentive child care. Vol. 76 minutes. Distributed by United Learning. and policy issues that have an impact on brain development. be descriptive. including the neuroscientific perspective. The program discusses the importance of stimulating your child's brain. Robert Sylwester. 35 minutes. 3 hours. play. 1997. This teleconference broadcast looks at what brain development research means for children and families. Neuroscience. Various behaviors and problems of children who missed these early opportunities are discusses and examples to help in recognition and appropriate treatment paths are presented. mastery of computer skills. Researchers say that a child’s intelligence can be improved during the first years of life if the child receives ten simple things shown to help children’s brains develop: interaction. communication. 35 minutes. loving touch. This video traces early child development in a variety of settings. Windows to the Mind: Robert Sylwester on Electronic Media and Brain Development. and reading. 1997. Primetime Live. 1 brings into focus the key issues of creating a school environment that enhances students' understanding of our natural social world. Three authors present their theory regarding educational practices and demonstrate a small-group process to help educators examine and select valid theories of practice and group strategies of their own. Research has also shown that music creates a change in the brains of toddlers and helps develop pathways in learning to read and learn languages. 2002. self esteem. 1997. engage.Small Wonders: Early Brain Development. The video raises and begins to answer questions regarding violence and sexuality. University of Oregon. Understanding Traumatized and Maltreated Children: How the Brain Develops—The Importance of Early Childhood. 12 minutes. Dr. safe healthy environments. 1997. Produced and distributed by Zephyr Press. Windows to the Mind: Robert Sylwester on Electronic Media and Brain Development. and Policy: What Do We Know? In this teleconference broadcast. Produced and distributed by Zephyr Press. 35 minutes. Windows to the Mind: Robert Sylwester on Electronic Media and Brain Development. Bruce Perry stresses the importance of bonding and attachment as the cornerstones of early childhood optimal brain development. quality child care. This documentary explains how our earliest interactions with children influence brain development. experts present information on brain development from different perspectives. 1997. Produced and distributed by the Child Trauma Academy. Vol. and other issues. Talk to your baby. these activities will sprout rich connections in the brain. Vol. Young Children. Reading to an infant stimulates the brain and actually creates physical change. Starting Out Right. which will affect human potential. 4. Vol. Produced and distributed by the Robert R. Ten Things Every Child Needs. Discover the important link between how the brain learns and educational approaches that make schools more effective. Produced by the National Center on Family Literacy and funded by Gerber Companies Foundation. . explores the impact of electronic media on brain development. 27 minutes. McCormick Tribune Foundation. Your Child’s Brain is a research-based segment is from ABC News Program. Produced and distributed by Zephyr Press. 1999. 35 minutes.

whether it’s being played or just listened to. Produced and Distributed by the Dana Alliance of Brain Initiatives. 2008. our country's leaders in government. Recorded at the Ready to Make a Difference conference. Gray Matters: Music and the Brain. An audio version and transcript of this program are available at http://www. CNN anchor Judy Woodruff and brain researcher Carla J. business. Please note that some descriptions have been provided by the publishers or distributors. and stop obsessively worrying. and academia voice their commitment to our nation's youngest children and emphasize the crucial need for increased investments in early childhood.Kostelnik talks about the importance of play in the development of young children. you will see how the brain works. Learn why we remember some things but not Houston. One of the major lessons he has learned is that drug and alcohol abuse damage the brain. Daniel Amen presents brain "prescriptions" that can help to heal your brain and change your life.dana. 2005 The Power of Play with Marjorie Kostelnik. and the Brain. Drugs. held in Omaha on January 24. 60 minutes. mental health professionals. Produced by Mindworks Press. Sports commentator Pat Summerall explores how use of alcohol.D. and other drugs affect the brain. Ph. Which Brain Do You Want? Psychiatrist Daniel Amen has been looking at the brain for more than 14 years and has performed 25. teachers. Produced and Distributed by the Dana Alliance of Brain Initiatives. and policy makers. I Am Your Child: Why Early Childhood Matters. Newport Beach. Produced by Mindworks Press. Dr. 1995. crime prevention. An audio version and transcript of this program are available at http://www. How is music perceived by the brain and which cells and circuits come into play? How does music influence a child’s developing brain? Are musicians’ brains wired differently from those of other people? Neuroscientists around the world have begun to explore the neural underpinnings of Any kind of music. curb anger. nicotine. Change Your Life. In this onehour program. 60 minutes. In this DVD. conquer impulsive behavior. Gray Matters: The Developing Brain. the physical impact of drugs and alcohol on brain function. what happens when the brain misfires. Shatz. 2006. Audio Cassettes Gray Matters: Alcohol.. This presentation was given to a large public gathering of key policymakers and stakeholders in California . Bruce Perry speaks passionately about the critical role early developmental experiences play in shaping the child. the command and control center that runs your life. 2007. Newport Beach. TX. http://www. Gray Matters: Memory and the Brain.dana. Produced and by Child Trauma Academy. . 2004. Produced and Distributed by the Dana Alliance of Brain Initiatives. fight depression. and ways to improve your brain. Scientific research confirms that children's earliest experiences—starting even before they're born—dramatically affect their ability to succeed in school and in life. Produced and distributed by Parents Action for Children. Dr. is able to shape the structure and function of the brain. Television journalist Garrick Utley interviews leading brain scientists on the brain. damaging it can be disastrous.DVDs Change Your Brain.dana. explore the formation and growth of a child's brain from conception to age 10. Early Childhood and Brain Development: How Experience Shapes Child Community and Culture. 60 minutes.000 brain scans. CA. and ultimately community and Learn how to quell anxiety and panic. Dr. Since the brain is the organ of behavior.and we think you will find it helpful in communicating these ideas to parents. In this video. Mandy Patinkin hosts. how the brain is involved in everything you do. An audio version and transcript of this program are available at http://www.dana. 1997. 2000.

BrainWork talks to the scientists who are asking: How does the brain work and why. Published by the Dana Foundation. You will discover that building a better brain truly does build a more effective leader. BrainWork is a bi-monthly publication for the general public about the brain. NY. Published by the Dana Foundation. curb anger. Change Your Life. depression. Each issue features news and information about the latest findings in research in neuroscience. These publications may be borrowed from the Media Center. Filled with fascinating brain-scan images and anecdotes from Dr. This is a must. that have appeared throughout the country in major newspapers and news magazines. In this interview with Mike Marino. scientific evidence is presented that shows that anxiety. obsessiveness. CA. Newsletters The Brain in the News is a monthly publication valuable for anyone interested in the latest discoveries about the brain. or impulsiveness could be related to how the specific systems of the brain work. Your brain affects everything you do. Making a Good Brain Great delivers a vital health message in an entertaining package. anger. Produced by Mindworks Press. If you are a leader in any setting. how to nourish your brain with vitamins.Compact Discs The Brain in Leadership. reprinted by permission. This book will show you how to protect your brain from injuries and toxic substances.dana. Amen links them to specific brain functions. Brain injury can happen to anyone and in more ways than you would think possible. 2006. fight depression. Written transcripts and audio files of these programs. 2006. In this audio book. The brain affects everything you do and decreasing your chance of injury is a major step toward a happy fulfilling life. Healing from Brain Injuries. You will discover that the brain has a marvelous capacity to heal if you treat it well. Marriott and franchise giant Mailboxes. Listen in as Dr. you will benefit from this revealing look at what works and what doesn't work for leadership success. Newport Beach. Learn how to quell anxiety and panic. and more. Calling upon his years of experience as a senior executive with companies such as Pepsico. and stop obsessively worrying. . Etc. and others. Change Your Brain. like a car or bike accident. and how to reduce stress. The newsletter features information about the latest treatments and the research that will lead to better therapies in the future. New York. Please note that some descriptions have been provided by the publishers or distributors. Neuropsychiatrist Daniel Amen will present brain "prescriptions" that can help to heal your brain and change your life. He also talks about how to avoid injury and what to do if you’ve had one. Newport Beach. including the way you lead. such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. and rid your brain of negative thoughts. Produced by Mindworks Press. Daniel Amen and Professor David Bennett discuss the role of the brain in leadership. Each issue is compiled from articles and illustrations. do the mechanics fail? Also found in each issue is an indepth look at a specific brain-related disorder—from mental illness to neurodegenerative disorders. Amen's career on the front lines of brain research. Daniel Amen walks us through a look at how brain injuries can occur-many times from activities most of us view as harmless. CA. conquer impulsive behavior. CA. and give it a mental workout. Professor Bennett outlines the critical qualities an effective leader must possess while Dr. 2006. Produced by Random House Audio. Produced by Mindworks Press. 2005.listen for any parent or anyone who has had even minor trauma to their head. BrainWork is the best source for the general reader with an active interest in the brain.. Making a Good Brain Great. are available at www. Newport Beach. sometimes.

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