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Naturalmente intelligenti. Istruzioni per lo sviluppo armonioso del cervello dei bambini della prima età

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Cosa sappiamo di certo sul funzionamento del cervello, e in particolare sul cervello dei bambini? Pur essendo l'organo più misterioso del nostro organismo, sappiamo tanto, ma non tutto. Che cos'è che ci rende intelligenti? Che cosa può rendere intelligenti i bambini? Perché alcuni lo sono più di altri? E perché certi bambini che sembrano non esserlo, in realtà lo sono? Sap ...more
Paperback, Nuovi saggi, 328 pages
Published 2011 by Bollati Boringhieri (first published September 21st 2010)
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Feb 03, 2011 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
John Medina writes about babies & their brains in an easily accessible style, full of folksy anecdotes about his wife & sons. This makes it hard to talk smack about his book but I think I'm going to regardless.

I guess it's not his fault that most of the people who read this type of book & actually have children are so apt to be dismayed by the arbitrary ways they have failed their kids, but he certainly provides a lot of unsubstantiated ammunition. For example, near the beginning of
Jun 06, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Medina is simple, direct, and interesting as an author. He does a nice job at splicing up research from a variety of fields and areas for the lay reader, such as myself. (Although, the academic in me would have liked the research better cited with a bibliography at the back of the book.)

It seemed to me that a lot of the research he refers to is not new and has been cited in Blink, Nurture Shock, Drive and other recent, popular, non-fiction books. Despite this, I didn't mind revisiting it in th
Oct 27, 2010 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, parenting
One of the more overwhelming aspects of impending parenthood, I’ve discovered, is the infinite amount of advice people would like to give you. Searching for a book on pregnancy and parenting leads one to vast, candy-colored landscapes of literature, with each book insistently tugging in a different direction. It’s nearly impossible to separate fact from opinion, largely because most parenting "facts" boil down to opinions, anyway. This book caught my eye because it offers parenting advice within ...more
Lisa Nelson
Oct 20, 2010 Lisa Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, in full disclosure my kids helped out in the viral video for this book. You can check it out here:

That being said, I'm not getting anything besides a free book that I picked up on the set for writing this review. This is a well written, reader friendly parenting book that ever parent should own.

This is a book that I will be keeping and referring back to often. The author gives tons of practical tips throughout and then sums everything up at the end
Dec 05, 2011 Abigail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book should be required reading for anyone who's expecting or has a child under age 5. Plain and simple, this is the best collection of parenting advice I can imagine, because it's completely research-based. You don't worry that it's just a bunch of tips from parents who had easy babies and so anything happened to work, because Medina's a brain scientist, not just some parent. He's also a brain scientist who actually uses what he knows about the brain to make the book interesting and easy t ...more
Nov 12, 2010 Susanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By far the best book on parenting that I’ve read. Medina screens all of his content through a “grumpy scientist” filter, which means that if it hasn’t been proven, he doesn’t include it – or he notes that the information is still being studied. Therefore, I trust what this book has to say; it is not 276 pages of anecdotal advise based on personal experience or hearsay. More importantly, it squares with my understanding of how to raise children. The pleasant surprise for me is that the very hard ...more
Feb 24, 2015 Abbey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a good read. Essentially there is very little correlation between the standard IQ test and a person's sucess and happiness in life. Medina suggests other things that are actually linked to sucess. One of the biggest seems to be emotional IQ. I found his book to be very thoughtful but also practical. I love reading about research but I love it more when I know how to use it! My biggest takeaway is that people who can label their emotions are better at dealing with life and therefore happ ...more
Adam Floridia
Sep 22, 2011 Adam Floridia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once others find out that you're having a baby, you can expect to be bombarded with the same question ad nauseum: "Are you excited?" Stupid question really (assuming you were trying to conceive in the first place). However, my standard, and most honest answer was "I'm excited to be excited" since there's really no immediate change and it certainly doesn't sink in right away.

As corny as it may sound, after reading this book my answer will now be "Yes, I am excited." The author does a wonderful jo
Sondos Shapsogh
Jul 31, 2016 Sondos Shapsogh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so rich and full of information that anyone can benefit from. I didn't want it to finish. Very simple to follow and understand for someone who's not very familiar with neurotechnology. I understand that raising a child is much more complex than some data in a two dimensional book, but you'd still want to know the key elements that actually matter. It makes me want to buy copies of this and give it to anyone I know who's considering having kids. Lol
Jun 05, 2016 Anshul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best review would be to quote a passage from the book -

“As you enter your child’s emotional world, your own becomes deeper. After my sons were born, it was not long before I noticed a large change had come over me—one that continues to this day. Every time I chose to put my children’s priorities ahead of my own, even when I didn’t feel like it, I found I was learning to love more honestly. As they became toddlers, then preschoolers, these choices allowed me to become more patient. With my s
Jun 01, 2012 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amber and Heather
Recommended to Courtney by: Nichole
This book had a lot of useful information, quite a bit of which has been included in other books I've read but I still found it an interesting read.

Bullet point ideas/thoughts that are completely disjointed because that's all I have in me right now:

*Praise effort more than intelligence

*Think about how to best help friends with a new baby-it's too easy to become isolated, which when you combine with severe sleep deprivation and total exhaustion, is not healthy

*Talk talk talk to the baby

Christine Hill
Jul 14, 2012 Christine Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very balanced and not as crazy as it sounds. The smart part was less important than the happy part, which is exactly what I was hoping for. The research Medina uses is relevant, although I had heard about many of them before. But he synthesizes it all in a very easy to understand way. Although I wouldn't say there is anything in this book that is truly a surprise or revolutionary, it reaffirms my understanding and commitment to how I'd like to raise my child. It's nice to know rese ...more
Adam Crossley
Oct 15, 2015 Adam Crossley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book on how to raise a baby. Pretty all encompassing. Based on research. Easy to read.

The author is relentlessly optimistic and cheery. At times it got to be almost saccharine sweet. But that is forgivable. I wasn't reading this book for the joys of beautiful prose. I was reading to learn more about intelligent, research driven ways to raise my son, and it provided many of those in an easy to digest format.
Jan 23, 2016 Marysya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: research
Дуже важлива, корисна та неймовірно цікава книжка науковця, молекулярного біолога про наш мозок від самого зародження.
Наразі це найкраща книжка про виховання/батьківство з усіх, які я досі читала. Автор майстерно та захоплююче розповідає не лише про процеси, які відбуваються у мозку та їх вплив на наше майбутнє (від етапу вагітності), а й дає дієві практичні поради по вихованню розумної, щасливої та моральної дитини; розвінчує багато міфів (Моцарт не діє))), які зекономлять вам гроші та зусилля
Zach Gray
Nov 30, 2015 Zach Gray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars for the sheer amount of information I came away with. I've never made so many notes in a book before. Medina is a developmental molecular biologist who navigates the research on the brain and behavioral development of children. The big themes of the book boil down to paying attention to your kid's emotions and responding with empathy.
Eric Moote
Sep 01, 2016 Eric Moote rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: TEM professional parents, parents of new born, soon-to-be parents
Recommended to Eric by: Joshua
Shelves: parenting
Overall: a 4.5, but I rounded up for citing all his resources in the proper format.

"Brain Rules" is scientific study based summary of parenting styles and actions. Thought provoking, even if you don't agree with some of the studies' conclusions (read: open your mind to other possibilities, people).

"Brain Rules" is one of the first parenting books I have enjoyed reading. It presents research-based studies and talks about conclusions without being too science/research process heavy or being too p
An interesting glimpse into the science of baby psychology, from a researcher's perspective. I liked how the author evenhandedly approached controversial parenting approaches from a science-based perspective (Dr. Sears vs. Dr. Ferber with regards to infant sleep, for example), and while he admits that we don't definitively know everything about how the brains of young children work, he gives a lot of solid advice. My main critique would have to be putting a permanent ban on the author's use of o ...more
Feb 18, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy reading books about how the brain works......such a fascinating thing that we have in our heads! It was interesting to read about how different parenting techniques can make a difference in a child's brain development. I also liked the author's writing style - he's a scientist but wrote in a very approachable, sometimes funny, way.

The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because half the information wasn't new to me (I had read it in other parenting books) and I don't like it
Jun 27, 2011 Meghan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do not have kids. But, I am a nanny of 2 boys under the age of 3, and I was feeling the pressure to do a wee bit of research on the best way of going about discipline, talking to them, feeding them their veggies, and controlling tantrums.

I'm usually not much of a non-fiction gobble-upper, but I was with this one. So fascinating! So easy to follow! So much of it just seems so...second nature? Obvious? But it isn't until we read the way he puts it, that it just clicks. I also adore reading non-f
Este es un libro que todo padre madre está obligado a leer. Debería ser obligatorio leerlo en la prepa. Toda madre padre deben aprenderlo de memoria y presentar un examen con cero errores antes de practicar cualquier actividad sexual que sea potencialmente embarazante. Junto con como practicar sexo seguro en ambos sentidos, uno para prevenir las enfermedades de transmisión sexual, las cuales si practicas sexo seguro serían como las meningitis bacterianas en los niños pequeños, o la lepra, la pes ...more
Aug 20, 2012 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating look at the research surrounding babies' brain development. The author discusses practical things parents can do to raise smart children, happy children, and moral children. I strongly recommend this to any expectant parent or parent of young children. Unfortunately, despite claiming to be a"gumpy scientist" who only accepts studies that have been rigorously peer-reviewed and replicated, the author frequently explains in terms of fantastical evolutionary imaginations. For instance, t ...more
Ioana Johansson
I've found it very interesting. I do not agree with everything Mr. Medina says but I do appreciate that he seemed to try very hard not to take sides in the diverse disputes arising from different parenting styles. Remains on the shelf and the bullet points at the end of each chapter will surely prove useful in the future.
Aug 03, 2012 Akzcookin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was 20 when I gave birth to my son. How I wish this book (and the research it is based upon) had existed then. I cared for my son as best I could, but I was ignorant in so many ways.

But, being a grandma is giving me a second chance to be a better caregiver. I learned something on virtually every page.

Face time not screen time, providing a structured and safe, but not stifling play environment and being empathetic to teach and encourage empathy are the stand-out lessons that I'm already implem
Katie Long
Aug 18, 2015 Katie Long rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up. Honestly, the best part of this book is the last chapter distillation. I hope to incorporate much of what he said. I do think he used science but drew inferences that were more reaching than the science currently shows. Ultimately, my takeaway was - be engaged with your children and they are more likely to be successful adults - pretty much common sense.
Elli Pope
Aug 06, 2012 Elli Pope rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family, non-fiction
I absolutely loved this book. The author does a good job of pointing out not only the studies that have been done to support the data he presents, but also calls out when studies are weak and potentially inconclusive. He's pretty clear on when the information he presents is scientifically proven or merely anecdotal evidence.

Everything he talks about makes a lot of sense on a very fundamental level. I particularly enjoyed the information on parenting styles and the effect that different types of
Jessica Kenway
Sep 03, 2015 Jessica Kenway rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting ideas:
- pregnancy: 30 mins exercise/day, reduce stress
- babies seek safety first. They can't listen/see etc in a particular situation unless they first feel safe.
- babies have a physiological response when they see their parents fight. Reconcile in front of them.
- "Intelligence" can include self-control, creativity, communication and a desire to explore.
- Babies only learn language through face to face interaction.
- The best predictor of happiness: having friends. Learning to regulat
Mohammad Ali Abedi
The author, John Medina, is a scientist, so that’s a huge plus in reading a parenting book, that is not full of vague, unsupported crap. Medina tries to base all his assertions on as much research as possible, and while not perfect, it is at least a parenting book that I can read and not feel embarrassed by the language. Sometimes it seems books about babies are written for babies.

I’m not going to say much about the book and instead just paste all the highlights I have made in the book so I won’
Paul Smolen
Jul 21, 2015 Paul Smolen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title of todays book, The Read Aloud Handbook : sounds really dull doesn’t it? But I am here to assure you that this book is anything by dull. It was written back in the 70’s and yet it is still survives and thrives, now in it’s 6th edition. The content is as relevant today as it was the day it was written.

I actually started my journey to Jim Trelease’s Handbook by accident. His was not the original book that I set out to review. I was scanning around on Amazon for interesting titles, the wa
Jun 10, 2015 Shaun rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm surprised at the high ratings this book has received. Frankly, I found it to be full of mostly filler, with the actually useful pieces of advice to be easy to summarize in just a few paragraphs.

Let me quickly note the takeaways from this book (in part so I can reference them in the future):
- Praise your child's effort. IF you praise his intelligence, he will see failure as beyond his control.
- Tag your child's emotions. It is easier for a child, or anyone, to cope with their stress if they
May 10, 2015 Cayla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is filled with a lot of great information on how babies' brains develop while in the womb and after they are born.

As someone who wants to teach my child French, I found the information on language acquisition particularly interesting. Babies cannot learn language from TV; they need the human interaction of a person actually speaking to them to learn language. This shows how social babies and people are.

The book also cautions against TV before the age of 2. After 2, TV time should be
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DR. JOHN J. MEDINA, a developmental molecular biologist, has a lifelong fascination with how the mind reacts to and organizes information. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller "Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School" -- a provocative book that takes on the way our schools and work environments are designed. His latest book is a must-read for pa ...more
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“Ethan’s parents constantly told him how brainy he was. “You’re so smart! You can do anything, Ethan. We are so proud of you, they would say every time he sailed through a math test. Or a spelling test. Or any test. With the best of intentions, they consistently tethered Ethan’s accomplishment to some innate characteristic of his intellectual prowess. Researchers call this “appealing to fixed mindsets.” The parents had no idea that this form of praise was toxic.

  Little Ethan quickly learned that any academic achievement that required no effort was the behavior that defined his gift. When he hit junior high school, he ran into subjects that did require effort. He could no longer sail through, and, for the first time, he started making mistakes. But he did not see these errors as opportunities for improvement. After all, he was smart because he could mysteriously grasp things quickly. And if he could no longer grasp things quickly, what did that imply? That he was no longer smart. Since he didn’t know the ingredients making him successful, he didn’t know what to do when he failed. You don’t have to hit that brick wall very often before you get discouraged, then depressed. Quite simply, Ethan quit trying. His grades collapsed.

What happens when you say, ‘You’re so smart’

  Research shows that Ethan’s unfortunate story is typical of kids regularly praised for some fixed characteristic. If you praise your child this way, three things are statistically likely to happen:

  First, your child will begin to perceive mistakes as failures. Because you told her that success was due to some static ability over which she had no control, she will start to think of failure (such as a bad grade) as a static thing, too—now perceived as a lack of ability. Successes are thought of as gifts rather than the governable product of effort.

  Second, perhaps as a reaction to the first, she will become more concerned with looking smart than with actually learning something. (Though Ethan was intelligent, he was more preoccupied with breezing through and appearing smart to the people who mattered to him. He developed little regard for learning.)

  Third, she will be less willing to confront the reasons behind any deficiencies, less willing to make an effort. Such kids have a difficult time admitting errors. There is simply too much at stake for failure.


  What to say instead: ‘You really worked hard’

  What should Ethan’s parents have done? Research shows a simple solution. Rather than praising him for being smart, they should have praised him for working hard. On the successful completion of a test, they should not have said,“I’m so proud of you. You’re so smart. They should have said, “I’m so proud of you. You must have really studied hard”. This appeals to controllable effort rather than to unchangeable talent. It’s called “growth mindset” praise.”
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