Etikettarkiv: Child

The Brain of The Daddy (And Soon Me)

Greater Good Magazine has just posted an interesting article on the Daddy Brain – my own brain to come. The writer Jeremy Adam Smith (author of The Daddy Shiftdelves through scientific literature from the anthropologist Margret Mead who exclaimed the father as a biological necessity but a social accident, to more progressive ones such as Katherine Wynne-Edwards who purports that important biochemical changes occur if the father is present early on in both the child’s and the mother’s lives. Much psychological and neuroscientific research  is challenging Mead’s old-fashion view of the redundant father. daddySad things for all us guys that are looking to boost our metabolism and weight training skills, research have shown that testosterone levels plunge right after birth following an uprise of the catabolic stress hormone cortisol. Not nice, but it is supposed to help me prepare for the caring of the child.

Plenty of blogs and web pages focus on the daddy, alas, they’re mostly utter crap and almost no one is writing from the dad-friendly Sweden. When I say crap I really mean crap, check out Discovering Dad and its workout tips: Fitness for Dads – The “S” Factors: Three Reasons You May Not Be Burning Fat. Yeah, the most important to the child is afat-free daddy. Or consider the famous Swedish Mommy blogger and writer Ann Söderlund and one of her greatest latest blog entries: Help! How do I find the perfect bikini? What the f***

But on the other hand, in the world of literary fiction the father is a recurring theme to make most shallow heads look like a god honest Susan Sontag. During the recent years three well-exposed books on dads have been published by Alex Schulman, Åsa Linderborg and Hanna Hellquist. The trouble with the father figure seems to be that they are notoriously crappy, according to most of these books, but somehow their children grow up to be quite happy successful anyways. That is just a bit depressing for a dad-to-be as me, since I am trying my best just to be the person I would like to be (without the child), and now life is opening up a new identity that will partially take over my personal vernacular altogether. I need positive input!

Well the crazy perils of consumption and choice when preparing for the toddler at home has been described over and over by Barry Schwartz, but they should be even more updated. I am trying to cope with the things that I now ”have to” buy. New York Times yesterday reported on new research by the all children-friendly Walt Disney Companyin their trials to find out which ads we tend to watch on the web and which ones to dump.

Webpage about dads that I like: http://www.dad.info

Here are some other literary descriptions of The Father:
King Lear by Shakespeare
Bergsprängardottern som exploderade by Lo Kauppi
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
About a Boy by Nick Hornby

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The Baby’s Brain and Its Path To Consciousness and uh, MacDonald’s

s-BABY-GENIUS-largeWell, now I have actually only three more weeks to go before I become a dad and start getting to know the little baby that will be mine. Exciting times! As a parent in Sweden you are mandatorily bombarded with much useful info about the upcoming birth of the child, a great thing I must add. But the information is definitely shy of tantalizing facts about the baby’s brain and its biological development. Good thing that the prodigious neuroscientist Jonah Lehrer writes in the Boston Globe about recent findings in the development of the baby brain. He describes with much tenacity useful theories such as the neuronal connections of a child’s brain:

”Adults can follow directions and focus, and that’s great,” says John Colombo, a psychologist at the University of Kansas. ”But children, it turns out, are much better at picking up on all the extraneous stuff that’s going on. . . . And this makes sense: If you don’t know how the world works, then how do you know what to focus on? You should try to take everything in.” While thinking like an adult is necessary when we need to focus, or when we already know which information is relevant, many situations aren’t so clear-cut. In these instances, paying strict attention is actually a liability, since it leads us to neglect potentially important pieces of the puzzle.

So start learning like a child again, it might prove useful, hear that grown-ups?

there are a lot of great books I can recommend on the topic of the baby brain: In Swedish Babypsykologi, by Serge Ciccotti was recently published.descartes It easlily posts 100 interesting research fields and examples of baby psychology. Great read when you have little time. In the english section Descartes’ baby – how the science of child development explains what makes us human, by Paul Bloom is a nice walkthrough of the recent developments in the field. The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us About the Mind, by Alison Gopnik is great overview book, and it is also quite uniqe to be treating both the baby’s brain and mind. einstein-never-used-flash-cardAnd to all those overachievers with children comes: Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn–and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less by Roberta Michnick Golinkoff. It is what is sounds. Now hopefully I will test all these hypothessis in a few weeks.

Finally a crazy story from the US: ABC reports about a mysterious case with a newborn having a tumor removed from its brain, but uh, the tumor was actually a human foot!

Will the real stem cell researchers please stand up!

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